Bruce Anthony Gillies



Aug 3, 1898

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Donald Joseph and Elizabeth Maggie (nee McAlear) Gillies


Apr 17, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 634060

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. Donald Gillies, father, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

On attestation, he lied about is age, stating that he had been born April 28, 1897


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to East Sandling to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

The battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling to continue training.  Shortly after this the reserve battalion moved to Seaford


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

He left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in Division Support near Volker House, France and assigned to 10 Platoon, “C” Company.


Aug 15, 1917

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on Hill 70 the Germans put up very stiff resistance and there was heavy artillery shelling and hand to hand combat at times.  Private Gillies was killed at the age of 19 by an enemy artillery shell while the battalion was moving to the jump off point for the attack.  He was later buried by his comrades in a field near Hill 70, noted as being at Sheet 44a.N.7.central





When the war ended, his temporary grave could not be located and as a result, is commemorated on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, D.J. Gillies, 2274 Esplanade Ave., Montreal, Quebec. 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. D.J. Gillies, at the same address



  Private Gillies is also honoured on the War Memorial in Cornwall, Ontario

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