Jack Eastwood Gill (c.1894-1916)

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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, JACK EASTWOOD. Sergeant. No 2455. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, attached 147th Machine Gun Corps. Born Windhill, Shipley, Yorkshire. Adopted son of Walter and Eliza Ann Gill, 27 Station Road, Golcar. Employed as a weaver at Messrs Pearson Brothers, Victoria Mills. Single. Enlisted October 1914. Embarked for France April, 1915. He wrote home frequently and one of the characteristics of his letters to his relatives and friends was a cheerful and optimistic spirit that always pervaded them. He never complained about anything and always counselled those at home to keep smiling. Killed in action during the Battle of the Somme, 16.7.1916, aged 22 years. Buried CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL. Grave location:- Plot 12, Row J, Grave 6.
His mother received a letter from his Captain in which he wrote, 'It is with deep regret that I have to send you the sad news of Sergeant Gill's death. He was killed while building a machine gun emplacement last night (the 15th inst). His loss is a very great blow to me and to all who were in any way connected with him. He was one of the very best Sergeants and was the most willing, keen and hard worker it has ever been my lot to meet. He never regained consciousness after being hit and died about twelve hours later. I sincerely trust that the knowledge that he died nobly, was doing his duty for King and Country will be of some comfort to you in your great bereavement.'
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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