Andrew Erskine Gillespie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 23.10.1914
  • Place of enlistment: Montreal, Quebec
  • Service no: 1915
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • 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

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 21.10.1892
  • Place of Birth: Wigan, Lancashire
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Seaman
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    Annie E Gillespie and 2nd sister (name unknown) both 2 Lawson Place, Dundee. 1 brother

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

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. It is believed his brother held a commission in the R.N.D. during the Great War. 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

For more information on Andrew, visit, Andrew’s Memorial & Andrew’s Service Record

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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