James Taylor Gillies

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: January 1915
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 20493
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, 'B' Company
  • Place of Death: Greece
  • Age at Death: 37
  • Date of Death: 02.09.1918
  • Burial Country: Greece
  • Cemetery: Karasouli Military Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: D.937.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Edinburgh
  • Address: 46 Dudhope Crescent Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Printer, Burns & Harris, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Ann Scott Taylor Gillies

  • Father:

    John Gillies

  • Siblings:

    Ann S. T. Gillies, 46 Dudhope Crescent Rd, Dundee

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Taylor Gillies

James Gillies   Royal Scots

Sergeant James Gillies, Royal Scots, whose relatives reside at 46 Dudhope Crescent Road, was killed in action on September 2.  Deceased was a well-known bass singer in the city, being a popular member of the Dundee Select Choir.  He enlisted in January, 1915, and five months later was drafted to France, while he was transferred to Solonika in December of the same year.  Sergt. Gillies was 37 years of age, and prior to enlisting was employed as a printer with Messrs Burns & Harris.  In a letter to deceased’s sister an officer writes :–“Seldom have I met one so upright and good.  His daily life was an inspiration to all, for in everything—even the smallest things—he was true and sincere and through.  His influence among the men was great, and it was always for the best and highest.  We can ill spare him from the battalion.  His death has caused a great deal of sorrow, for he was universally liked and looked up to.”

Dundee Courier 21st September 1918

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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