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J E DentonJames Edmund Denton was born in Bolton in 1885 and was the son of Joseph Denton and Edna Denton (née Howarth).

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 20 Kirk Street, Bolton with his grandparents, Edmund and Betsy Howarth and their children.

In 1901 he was living at 40 Kirk Street with his widowed grandmother and family. He was working then as an apprentice machine fitter.

James Edmund Denton married Annie Lord at St Mary the Virgin Church, Deane, Bolton in 1905.

Shortly before the war broke out, on 17th June 1914, James enlisted into the Army at Bolton and joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 11335.

He sailed for Gallipoli from Avonmouth aboard HMT Braemar Castle on 15th June 1915 and was killed in action at Chunuk Bair on the 9th August 1915.

The official despatch about the action states;

“The two battalions of the New Army chosen to hold Chunuk Bair were the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The first of these arrived in good time and occupied the trenches. Even in the darkness their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel H.G. Levinge, recognized how dangerously these trenches were sited, and he began at once to dig observation posts on the actual crest and to strengthen the defences where he could; but he had not time given him to do much.

The second battalion, the Wiltshires, were delayed by the intricate country; they did not reach the edge of the entrenchment until 4am, and were then told to lie down in what was believed, erroneously, to be a covered position. At daybreak on Tuesday 10th August, the Turks delivered a grand attack from the Chunuk Bair Hill-Q against these two battalions, already weakened in numbers, though not in spirit, by previous fighting.

First our men were shelled by every enemy gun, and then, at 5.30am, were assaulted by a huge column consisting of no less than a full division, plus a regiment of three battalions.

The Loyal North Lancashire men were simply overwhelmed in their shallow trenches by sheer weight in numbers, whilst the Wiltshires who were caught in the open, were literally almost annihilated. The ponderous mass of enemy swept over the crest, turned the right flank of our line below, swarmed round the Hampshires and General Baldwin’s column, which had to which had to give ground and were only extricated with great difficulty and very heavy losses.

Towards this supreme struggle the absolute last two battalions from our general reserve were now hurried, but by 10am, the effort of the enemy was spent. Soon their shattered remnants began to trickle back, leaving a track of corpses behind them, and by nightfall, except prisoners or wounded, no live Turk was left upon our side of the slope.”

The following article appeared in the Bolton Journal and Guardian on 10th September 1915.

MISSING IN GALLIPOLI

In an engagement on the Gallipoli Peninsula on August 9th, the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, seems to have suffered heavily, a number of casualties to Bolton soldiers in that unit having been reported…

An official notice has also been received by the wife of Pte. James Denton (11335), 6th Battalion L.N.L. Regiment, 81, Morris Green-lane, informing her that he has been missing since the same engagement. He enlisted on June 17th, 1914, and prior to that was engaged as a guard on the L. and N.W. Railway. He attended Foundry-st. Mission.

James Edmund Denton was 29 years old and is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Helles Memorial

Helles Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 11335
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “B” Coy. 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

Additional Information

His first cousin was called Victor Denton. Victor was born in Australia along with a brother, but his older siblings were all born in Bolton. His mother was Alice Anne Taylor. His father was Thomas Peter Denton who was the great uncle of James Edmund Denton. Victor Denton served in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment in Australia and was killed at Gallipolli. Click here for more

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This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the DBBC young roots heritage project. The young people identified and researched the the servicemen pictured in a 1916 Bolton Journal and Guardian supplement who were killed at Gallipoli. You can visit their website by clicking on the DBBC logo.
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