Francis Harry Gillette, MMwBar



Jun 22, 1889

Born at Bourton on Water, Gloucester England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59368 (temporary number 865)

Ø      Next of kin given as Henry Gillett (father) of Bourton on Water, Gloucester England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Locomotive Fireman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 15th Regiment, Belleville Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company


Mar 27, 1915

Forfeits 1 day pay for being absent


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jun 4, 1915

Admitted to Moore Barracks Convalescent Hospital with Mumps


Jun 25, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 25, 1915

Admitted to St Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital at Shorncliffe with Syphilis


Aug 26, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeits 1 days pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Sieriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jul 3, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl to replace L/Cpl JB Gage who was promoted


Sep 17, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl JB Gage who was promoted


Oct 11, 1916

Awarded Military Medal per London Gazette #29780





Dec 21, 1916

Awarded Bar to Military Medal per London Gazette #29873





Apr 13, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt WJ Cross who was wounded


Aug 26, 1917

Returned from leave 

There is no entry in the file to indicate when he proceeded on leave


Nov 3, 1917

Wounded by shrapnel in right leg and admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 3 Australian CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 4, 1917

Transferred via No 16 AT (Ambulance Transport)




Nov 7, 1917

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, then invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


Admitted to the Lakenham Military Hospital at Norwich England 

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Dec 5, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for training and conditioning


Apr 4, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 14, 1918

Granted permission to Marry


Jul 17, 1918

Married at Swindon to Miss Rose Lily Louisa Wazell of 39 Haydon St., Swindon Wiltshire, England


Nov 3, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne, with Mumps


Nov 9, 1918

Discharged to duty


Dec 11, 1918

Severely reprimanded for “when in Command of Guard, Willfully allowed prisoner to escape”


Feb 15, 1919

On Command to RTO (Regimental Transport Officer) at Seaford


May 4, 1919

Ceases to be On Command to RTO and is TOS Division HQ Sub Staff for duty with RTO at Seaford


Jul 14, 1919

SOS the CEF on being discharged at No 2 Canadian Discharge Depot, London England 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 39 Haydon St., Swindon Wiltshire England

Ø      Rank on discharge - Sgt


Jan 10, 1923

The 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 51 Evans St., Belleville Ontario


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