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William was the son of William Glazebrook (b.1839), a stone mason, and Mary Ellen Glazebrook (b.1835).

He first appeared on the 1881 Census living with his parents and (much) older sister Alice b.1857 at 6 Westbury Street, Bolton.

In 1891 the family were living at 15 Draycott Street, Bolton and William jnr had started work as an apprentice gas fitter. His father died in 1892.

William married Elizabeth Ann Horrocks (b.1877) at All Souls Church, Bolton on 13 February 1897. The couple first appeared on the 1901 Census, living at 17 Draycott Street, next door to William’s mother and sister Alice. They had two daughters: Doris (b.1888) and Edith (b.1889).

William was absent from the 1911 Census but his wife, Elizabeth Ann, was living at 12 Topping Street, Bolton with children Doris, Edith, Mary b.1902, Edna b.1905 and William b.1908. William and Elizabeth had two other children: Arthur b.1912 and Annie b.1914.

William’s medical examination on enlisting into the Army at Bolton on 2nd November 1914, recorded him as being 5′ 5″ tall and weighing 115 lbs, with grey eyes and brown hair. He was posted into the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 4617 and sailed to the Dardanelles to join the 6th Battalion in the field on 10th September 1915. His draft of men as reinforcements was probably the result of the disastrous time the Battalion had at Chunuk Bair a month before.

On 27th November 1915 the Battalion were subjected to a heavy enemy bombardment, the War Diary for the day reads;

27th November 1915: Enemy bombarded CHOCOLATE HILL very heavily till 11:45am, over 1500 high explosive and shrapnel from all quarters. Casualties: 11 killed and 21 wounded.

The Bolton Journal and Guardian of 7th January 1916 printed the following article;

Killed in Gallipoli
The War Office has notified Mrs. Glazebrook, 111, Leicester-st.,that her husband, Pte. William Glazebrook, 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, has been killed in action in Gallipoli. Pte. Glazebrook, who was 39 years of age, and leaves a widow and seven children, enlisted in November 1st 1914. He was in training at Felixstowe, and went to Gallipoli in August of last year, and was killed on November 27th. Prior to enlisting he was employed in the Corporation Gas Department, and attended St. Matthew’s Church. About 20 years ago he was for a short period in the Bolton Volunteers.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4617
Date of Death: 27/11/1915
Age: 39
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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