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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 Young

Jack YoungBolton Chronicle 2 October 1915


A home where the misfortune of war has laid the chilling hand of death is at 507, Tonge Moor Road, Bolton. It is that of Mr. and Mrs. Young. The sad intelligence, the death of their son Jack, was received from the Record Office, Preston, on Saturday.

The official notification informs them that their son died in Gallipoli on September 13 from dysentery.

As late as August 30 Sapper Young wrote home stating that he was in the best of health and spirits, whilst he was still unscathed.

Deceased was 19 years of age. He enlisted on October 14 in the Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, but in March this year he was transferred as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers. In due course he was dispatched with a contingent to Egypt, and later to Gallipoli. He was operating in the vicinity of Achi Baba when he contracted the fatal disease.

Well known in the district in which he lived, he was respected by all, and was of a jovial dispostition. He was formerly a member of Bradshaw Church Choir, but since his family's removal nearer Tonge Moor he had attended St. Augustine's.

Prior to enlistment, Sapper Young was in the employ of Messrs. Entwistle and Gass as a draughtsman. Muh sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

John, known as Jack was the eldest son of William Young, a bleacher manager b.1869 and Charlotte Matilda Young née Allan b.1869.

Jack first appeared on the 1901 census living at 30 Smedley Lane, Cheetham, Manchester with his parents and sisters Doris b.1898 and Irene b.1900.

By 1911 he was living at 507 Tonge Moor Road with his mother, grandfather Thomas Allan and siblings Doris, Irene, Ida b.1902 and David b.1905.

Jack's father, William was not present in the household.

At that point Jack was employed as a feeder on progressive frames in a calico bleachworks.


Name Young, John
Rank Sapper
Number 7773
Unit 1st/2nd West Lancs Field Coy,
Royal Engineers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
14 October 1914
Died Lemnos, Greece
13 September 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Portianos Military Cemetery,
Lemnos, Greece
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment