DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
9th Canadian Field Ambulance
Canadian Army Medical Corps
SERVICE NO: 529064
RESIDENCE: Wingham – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: January 9, 1899
Wingham – Turnberry Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: September 7, 1918 19 years 8 months
CEMETERY: Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery – Arras –
Pas de Calais – France
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PARENT: Mrs. Margaret Gillespie – Wingham – Ontario
Occupation: Banker (Dominion Bank) Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Guelph – February 14, 1917 into Training Depot 1 of the Canadian Army Medical
Enlistment Age: 18 years 2 months
Private Gillespie departed from Canada and on April 19, 1917 arrived in Liverpool.
Private Gillespie was one his way to France on May 27th, 1917. On June 8, he is posted to 9th Canadian Field Ambulance in the field. In September, he is back to the Canadian Army Medical Corps General Pool and is attached to the 9th Canadian Machine Gun Company on September 13, 1917. He then rejoins the 9th Canadian Field Ambulance on May 7, 1918.
On September 4th, the unit moved forward to establish a Main Dressing Station at Halle near Perrone.
The weather during the day had been pleasant.
There had been considerable heavy enemy shelling about the hospital during the night of September 6/7th.
Private Gillespie was performing his duties at No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance located in Arras, when he was struck in the chest by the shrapnel of an enemy shell that fell and exploded next to where he was. He succumbed to his wounds immediately.