Service Number: 4002
Enlisted: 11 February 1916, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenross via Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 23 May 1890
Home Town: Dalby, Western Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 November 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Woltemade Cemetery (Maitland), Cape Town
102a, Military Allottment
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dalby St. Thomas Presbyterian Church
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4002, 31st Infantry Battalion, Toowoomba, Queensland
8 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 31st Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4002, 31st Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4002, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane
29 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4002, 31st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Donald John GILLANDERS was born in 1890 at Glenross, Armidale, New South Wales

His parents were John GILLANDERS & Mary CAMERON

He enlisted on 11th February, 1916 in Toowoomba, Queensland as a Private and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 8th June, 1916

He embarked from Brisbane with the 31st Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements on 21st October, 1916 on the ship HMAT Boonah & disembarked at Cape Town, South Africa on 25th November, 1916 due to illness & admitted to hospital

Donald died from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis on 29th November, 1916 at the City Hospital in Cape Town - he was en route to serve overseas at the time

He is buried in the Wilfemade (Maitland Road) Cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial