Alfred Charles (Charley) GILLETT

GILLETT, Alfred Charles

Service Number: 6582
Enlisted: 18 November 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cradock, South Australia, 19 October 1888
Home Town: Cockburn, South Australia
Schooling: Burra Public School and Hanson Public School, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Killed in Action, Amiens, France, 8 August 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Crucifix Corner Cemetery
Plot V11, Row C, Grave 19 Headstone inscription reads: Loved in life honoured in death cherished in memory, Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Freeling Boer War, Boxer Rebellion and WW1 Memorial Panel
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18 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6582, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6582, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Miltiades embarkation_ship_number: A28 public_note: ''
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6582, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6582, 27th Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens

Alfred Charles Gillett

Name: Alfred Charles Gillett
Service Number: 6582
Place of Birth: Cudlamudla / Cradock
Date of Birth: 19 October 1888
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide
Date of Enlistment: 18 November 1916
Age at Enlistment: 27 years 11 months
Next of Kin: Mother – Sarah Ann Gillett
Occupation: Station Hand
Religion: Roman Catholic
Rank: Private 27th Battalion
Alfred left Adelaide on the A 28 Miltiades on 24 January 1917, arriving at
Devonport, England on 29 March to undergo further training. From 9 April to
16 April he was hospitalised at Fargo with influenza.
He served in Belgium prior to being sent to France with his unit. Alfred was
killed in action in France on 8 August 1918 and was buried at Crucifix Corner
British Cemetery, one mile south- south east of Villers- Bretonneux.
His father was sent his son’s Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Memorial
Scroll between 1921 and 1923. Photos of Alfred’s gravesite were sent to his
father in December 1920.
The Advertiser , Saturday, 24 August 1918 carried the following death notice –
“In loving memory of Charley, third son of Alfred and Sarah Gillett, Cockburn,
killed in action, France, August 10.Death takes the loved one from our homes.
But never from our hearts. Sadly missed. Inserted by his sorrowing parents,
brothers and sisters.

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Alfred Gillett and Sarah Ann Gillett nee Cotterell of Cockburn, SA. Brother of Charles Lionel Gillett, Norman Henry Gillett, Caroline Elizabeth Gillett, Olive Mabel Gillett and Robert Arnold Gillett

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal