Sunday 2 September 2012

Private Joseph Gill

Born on 18 December 1876 or 1877 in Pierreville, Quebec - brother of Wilrick Gill, Pierreville, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as bushman, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, light brown eyes, grey hair.

Joined the 10th Battalion, CEF, on SS Scandinavian on 1 October 1914 - [discharged] - joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 May 1915 (number 410747) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - died on 28 October 1916 of wounds received that day - buried in Pozières British Cemetery (grave IV.L.24), France.

(Updated with image of the headstone for Pte Gill that I took at Pozières Cemetery in Aug 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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