This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
Andrew Erskine Gillespie
- Date of enlistment: 23.10.1914
- Place of enlistment: Montreal, Quebec
- Service no: 1915
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Service Occupation:
- Awards: Military Medal
- Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
- Unit/Ship: 191st Squadron, Training Depot
- Place of Death: England
- Age at Death: 25
- Date of Death: 09.05.1918
- Burial Country: Scotland
- Cemetery: Eastern Necropolis, Dundee
- Grave/Mem Ref no: AA.5.571
- Date of Birth: 21.10.1892
- Place of Birth: Wigan, Lancashire
- Occupation: Seaman
Annie E Gillespie and 2nd sister (name unknown) both 2 Lawson Place, Dundee & Alfred R. B. Gillespie
More about Andrew Erskine Gillespie
Andrew originally attested and served with 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry until 22/02/1918 when he was commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps. He died as a result of a flying accident. He was the brother of Lt Alfred R, B. Gillespie, Royal Naval Reserve, H.M.S. Almanzora. Andrew was awarded his Military Medal 23.11.1916 for bravery in the field.
His next of kin listed on his Canadian Attestation papers was listed as Alfred Gillespie of 48 Foundry Lane Dundee.
Andrew Erskine Gillespie MM Canadians attached R.A.F.
DUNDEE FLYING OFFICER KILLED.
Second – Lieutenant Andrew Erskine Gillespie MM., Canadians attached R.A.F., whose sisters reside at 2 Lawson Place, Dundee, has died as the result of a flying accident. The unfortunate officer, who was 25 years of age, joined the Canadians at Montreal in 1914, and served with them until the end of last year, when he transferred to the R.A.F. Deceased was awarded the Military Medal in 1916. His brother holds a commission in the R.N.D.
Dundee Courier 13th May 191
Andrew E. Gillespie M.M. Canadian Force
DUNDEE CANADIAN WINS MILITARY MEDAL.
Another Dundee soldier has been awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in the field. The recipient on this occasion is Lance-Corporal Andrew E. Gillespie, of the Canadian Forces.
The gallant soldier had been in the Dominion for only about six months when war broke out. Lance-Corporal Gillespie has now been at the front for over a year. His relatives reside at 2 Lawson Place, Dundee.
Dundee Courier 11th November 1916
There are also references in the Dundee Courier 11/11/1916 page 4 and 13/05/1918 page 4, available in Dundee Central Library
Information researched and supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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