William Gordon GILLARD


GILLARD, William Gordon

Service Number: 1722
Enlisted: 2 January 1915, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Magill, 15 February 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Rd Public School, South Australia; Norwood Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed In Action, France, 30 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Magill Honour Board, Magill War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
1 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1722, 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
1 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1722, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide

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Pte. William G. Gillard, who was killed in action in France in August 30 last, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Gillard, of Rosslyn Park. He enlisted in January, 1915, and left South Australia in the following April for Egypt. He took part in the Gallipoli campaign, where he was wounded and contracted typhoid fever. Subsequently he was removed to Malta, and afterwards was on service in the Suez Canal before leaving for France. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Messs. Geo. P. Harris, Scarfe, & Co., where he was highly respected by his fellow-employes." - from the Adelaide Register 04 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)