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WILLIAM BARLOWWilliam Barlow was born in Bolton in 1884. He was the son of John Barlow b.1856, a brickworks labourer, and Orpha Helen (Ellen) Barlow née Brooks b.1862.

William first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 137 Darley Street, Bolton with his parents, brother Albert b.1889 and grandmother Mary Brooks.

William’s mother died in 1896. His father remarried to Mary Chesworth in 1899.

On the 1901 Census William was living at 94 Darley Street with his father, step-mother and brothers Albert, James b.1894, Ernest b.1896 and John b.1901. William was working in the card room of a cotton mill.

In 1911 William was still living at the same address with his father, step-mother and brothers Albert, James and Ernest.

At the time of his enlistment William was working as a carter for the Corporation Street Department and is listed as being single. According to his enlistment medical examination, William was 5’ 6 1/8” tall and weighed 159 lbs with brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. He also had a tattoo of Baden Powell (either the words or a picture) on his right forearm.

William sailed to Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion in June 1915 and was in action at Chunuk Bair on the 9th and 10th August 1915.

The official despatch 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.”

Following the battle, William was reported to be missing in action, later to be presumed to have died on that date. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial

Bolton Journal and Guardian, 24th November 1916

Pte. WILLIAM BARLOW, L.N.L. Regiment was formerly reported missing since August 10th, 1915, and the Army Council have now decided that he died on that date. Another old boy of St. Thomas’s School, Halliwell, he was formerly in the King’s Liverpool Regiment, and his parents live at 94 Darley-st., Halliwell. His brother Edward* is also on active Service.

* The brother (Edward) referred to in the Journal article appears to be a misprint.

Rank: Private
Service No: 13515
Date of Death: 10/08/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

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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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