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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

John Worsley

John WorsleyBolton Journal and Guardian 24 September 1915

Killed by Shrapnel

Mr. and Mrs. Worsley, 114, Blackburn–rd., have been notified that their son, Private J. Worsley (5073), 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on August 22nd. Private Worsley was 32 years of age, and in civil life was employed at the Globe Ironworks of Messrs. J. Musgrave and Sons, Ltd. He had completed seven years in the Militia at Ashton-under-Lyne, and at the beginning of the war war again offered his services but was rejected. So keen, however, was his desire to volunteer that he went to Bury, and was accepted for the Fusiliers. After training at Barrow-in-Furness he was drafted to the Dardanelles on July 3rd, and while in Gallipoli he met many Bolton boys. In describing how Private Worsley met his death by a burst of shrapnel on Sunday, August  22nd, Sergt-Major Carr writes saying that the battalion had been hard worked during the battle, which was prolonged to mid-day on the 22nd. On the night of the 22nd the battalion was moving to a resting place when they were shelled by the Turks, Private Worsley being killed. “We buried him,“ says Sergt-Major Carr, “as respectfully as we could under darkness, and, as comrades always do, with the greatest of sympathy.”

John was the son of John Worsley b.1852, a furniture broker, and Mary Anne Worsley née Morley b.1849.


Name Worsley, John
Rank Private
Number 5073
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
22 August 1915
Age 32
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers