Gordon Selwyn GILLAM

GILLAM, Gordon Selwyn

Service Number: 6993
Enlisted: 6 October 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, 30 April 1889
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Newcastle Collegiate College, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Traveller
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 9 November 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

6 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6993, 4th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 6993, 4th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
11 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 6993, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
9 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1917: Involvement Corporal, 6993, 4th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery, not forgotten.

105 years ago today, on the 9th November 1917, Corporal Gordon Gladwyn Selwyn Gillam, 4th Battalion (Reg No-6993), commercial traveller (Messrs. Paul and Gray, Limited, Newcastle, N.S.W.), from "St. Ronans", Bingle Street, Newcastle (The Hill), New South Wales, was Killed in Action at Anzac Ridge, near the Belgian town of Ypres, 2nd Battle of Passchendaele, Passchendaele Campaign, age 28.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 30th April 1889 to William Jenkins (died 25.7.1908, age 64) of Newcomen Street, Newcastle, New South Wales and Louisa (Louise) Adeline (Adelaide) Gillam (died 13.2.1930, age-76 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133408951) of "Kaitove", Fullerton Street, Stockton, New South Wales, Gordon enlisted October 1916 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Gordon is resting at Aeroplane Cemetery, Belgium. Plot II Row C Grave 35. Photos courtesy of Eddy Lin.
Mr. Gillam’s name has been inscribed on the Book of Gold, Gardner Memorial, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Newcastle Collegiate School Roll of Honour – whereabouts unknown, and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at the family gravesite in remembrance of Gordon’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. ANGLICAN 1-15. 34.
Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

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