Eli was born in 1886 in Burnley, Lancashire. His parents were Eli Magnall (GM008) and Peninnah. He was baptised on 28th July 1886 at St Peter’s Church in Burnley, the baptism record shows that the family were living at 103 Annie Street, Burnley and that his father was a miner.

At the time of the 1891 Census the family were living at 15 Pheasantford Street in Burnley.

In the 1901 Census Eli was only 14 but he was working as a coal miner drawer and living at 37 Briercliffe Road in Burnley with his parents. His father Eli also worked as a miner.

Before the war Eli was living on Ribblesdale Street. We think he joined up in early 1915 as 12773 Private 6th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. He served at Sari Bair, Russell’s Top, Hill 60 at Gallipoli before being wounded on the 27th April 1916 in the trenches at Beit Aisa. He died two days later in hospital at Amara, Mesopotamia. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

The Burnley Roll of Honour records:

Private Eli Magnall
12773 6th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 20th April 1916, aged 29
Lived at 29 Ribblesdale Street
Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq
Burnley Express 17th May 1916

[Last updated 10 Nov 2018]