James Gilday, Private 206, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 13th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 29
James Gilday was born on 4th March 1886, the son of Eliza and Bernard Gilday, a joiner’s labourer, of 8 Pool Street, Macclesfield. In 1891, at the age of 6, James was a scholar at St Peter’s School and living with his parents and siblings John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Thomas and Emily. On 29th January 1894 James was enrolled at St George’s Primary School, Sutton.
By 1901, the family has moved to 3 Waller Street and James was employed as a fancy trimmer, and in 1911 the four children remaining at home, James, Thomas, Emily and Ellen, were all employed as silk embroiderers, while their father was now a bricklayer’s labourer.
James was a well-known member of the Salford Harriers, having won many awards, and in 1915 won the 7th Cheshire’s 200 yard championship at their training camp at Baldock, Hertfordshire.
James attested in the army at Macclesfield, having already served 12 years in the Territorials and being re-called to the Regiment on the outbreak of war. After a period of training he was amongst those from the Cheshires who were drafted to the Dardanelles, landing on the 8th August 1915.
He survived five days: James was acting as a stretcher bearer and was shot on 13th August 1915 whilst leaving the trenches to bring in a wounded comrade. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier of 4th September 1915:
Private James Gilday has no known grave and he is commemorated on Panel 75 – 77 of the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for James Gilday.
In Macclesfield, Private James Gilday is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St Peter’s Church memorials. He is also commemorated in Macclesfield Cemetery on the memorial stone marking his parents’ grave, in plot no. Z 6650.
Brother of John William Gilday who was killed in action on the Western Front in November 1914, and of Thomas Gilday, who survived the war.