Edmund Gill (1888-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

GILL, EDMUND. Corporal. No 40436. Royal Air Force. Born Thurstonland. Elder son of the late Henry Gill of East View, Thurstonland. Was a trustee of the Wesleyan Chapel and a member of the choir. Was also a member of the Church Institute and an officer of the Order of Druids. Played cricket for the Thurstonland club. Employed on the works staff at Storths Hall Asylum. Married. Was accidentally killed, 5.11.1918, at an aerodrome in England.
Major Denniston, of the R.A.F, wrote to the widow telling her how the accident happened, 'A machine belonging to the other squadron on this aerodrome had crashed in the field next to the men's mess and your husband along with several others rushed to the scene with fire extinguishers as the machine had by this time caught fire. While they were giving all the assistance they possibly could the bombs the machine was carrying exploded and I am sorry to say fatally injured your husband. The squadron mourns his loss with you as he was one of our finest men and I on behalf of all the Officers, N.C.O.'s and men offer you my most sincere sympathy at this trying time.'
Buried in St. THOMAS'S CHURCHYARD, THURSTONLAND. Grave Location:- 204, South-West.
ROH:- Thurstonland War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission