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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

Moses Yates

Moses YatesFarnworth Weekly Journal 17 September 1915


Mrs. Yates, who a month ago returned from the United States and now lives at 135, Cemetery-rd, Farnworth, received news through the War office on Sunday of the death of her husband, Private Moses Yates, a Farnworth Reservist of the 1st Border Regiment, who died of wounds received in action in the Dardanelles on August 28th. He came over to re-join his regiment at the beginning of the war after being in America about two years, and contracted chronic rheumatism while in the trenches last winter. After recuperating in England he was drafted to the front again and wounded in the charge at Reichburg. Sent to England again, he recovered and sailed for the Dardanelles on July 10th. where he has been killed. In his last letter to his brother at 39, Fylde-st. Moses Gate, he says - " I have landed at -- and shall soon be back in the thick of the fray again. It is terribly hot out here. I haven't had a shave or a wash for eight days. I am just getting acclimatized, and hope I come out with no worse luck than Reichburg." The deceased hero leaves a widow and two children, aged five years and six months. The latter he has never seen as she was born n the States. He formerly worked at Messrs. (???) Little Hulton Colliery as a blacksmith's striker and was a cornet player in the Farnworth Old) Barnes) Band.

Moses was the eldest son of Aaron Yates b.1852, a collier and Jane Yates née Tattersall b.1849.

Moses first appeared on the 1891 Census living at Old Hall Street, Kearsley with his parents and siblings William b.1879, James b.1884. Aaron b.1889 and Ethel b.1890. His mother's brother, William Tattersall was also living with the family.

In 1901 Moses was living at 12 Fold Street, Farnworth with his parents, siblings James, Aaron and Ethel and uncle William. James was by that time working at home as a sweet maker and Aaron as a cotton piecer while Moses was employed as a waterproof maker.

On 6 February 1910 Moses married Sarah Jane Brooks b.1889 at the Parish Church, New Bury, Farnworth. He was at that point working as a blacksmith's striker and living at 81 Victoria Street.

Their first child, Herbert was born on 7 August 1910 and baptised in Farnworth while the family were living at 37 Macdonald Street, Farnworth.

In 1911 the couple were living at 57 Lees Street, Moses Gate, Farnworth although son Herbert was listed on the 1911 Census as living with his maternal aunt and uncle.

The family emigrated to the USA shortly afterwards. Moses returned home to enlist in the Army just after the outbreak of war.

His wife Sarah Jane and children Herbert and Edith b.1915 returned to England some time later, arriving in Liverpool from New York on the RMS Adriatic on 12 August 1915.

Moses died a week later in hospital in Cairo from wounds received at Gallipoli.

His name is on Farnworth War Memorial.



Name Yates, Moses
Rank Private
Number 7753
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
Enlisted Manchester, Lancashire
Died Cairo, Egypt
28 August 1915
Age 29
Grave or Memorial Cairo War Memorial Cemetery,