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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 2248
- Rank: Corporal
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 39
- Date of Death: 12/07/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I.G.10.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Aberdeen
- Address: 19 Blackness Road, Dundee
- Occupation: Thomson & Shepherd, Seafield Works, Dundee
Mary Ann Gemmell, 19 Blackness Rd, Dundee
Helen, born 09.06.1906, Grace, born 07.01.1909, Margaret, born 12.03.1910 & Catherine, 09.121914 – 13.10.1916.
More about William Gemmell
On 12 July 1915, 2248 Cpl. William Gemmell, 4th Black Watch, was killed in action while overseeing some routine work on his section’s part of the line, aged 39. He is believed to be the brother of Pte David Gemmell, 3/3800, 1st Battalion Black Watch, who was killed in action, 25.01.1915.
A DUNDEE CORPORAL’S DEATH. SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD. Mrs W. Gemmell, who resides at 19 Blackness Road, Dundee, has received a letter from a captain intimating the death in action of her husband, Corporal W. Gemmell, attached to the 4th Black Watch. The letter says: –
“I regret exceedingly having to inform you of the death of your husband of my company. He took out a party in front of the parapet to cut the long grass, and while superintending the work he received a bullet through the head. He was immediately attended to by his mates. He was unconscious from the first, and only lived about an hour. His body was brought in, and buried the following day in the cemetery about a mile behind the firing line.
“Corporal Gemmell was a splendid soldier, and was a splendid example to the men. He will be greatly missed by all. His company extends to you their heartfelt sympathy.”
Corporal Gemmell was 39 years of age, and had a fairly long experience of soldiering, having served for over seven years in the Royal Garrison Artillery. As a member of that regiment he was stationed for some time in China. At the outbreak of war the soldiering spirit returned to him, and he enlisted in the 4th Black Watch, and went to the front in February. Before enlisting he was employed in the batching department of Seafield Works (Thomson, Shepherd, & Co., Limited). Corporal Gemmell was a native of Aberdeen, but has spent the greater part of his lifetime in Dundee, and leaves a widow and four of a family. The Courier, Tuesday, 20 July 1915, 6.
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