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MAURICE GILLESPIE *Now commemorated*

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: MAURICE GILLESPIE *Now commemorated* Reply with quote

Maurice Gillespie, Trooper, Scottish Horse is commemorated on the Persie & Glenshee War Memorial, Perthshire;

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=134&highlight=persie

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THE PEOPLE'S JOURNAL: 13.11.1915
SCOTTISH HORSEMAN WOUNDED


Information has been received by Mrs Gillespie, Steppes Cottage, Bridge of Cally, that her son, Trooper Maurice Gillespie, of the 1st Scottish Horse, has been wounded. Before the outbreak of war Trooper Gillespie was for four years in the employment of the Highland Railway Company, and was a member of A Squadron of the 1st Scottish Horse, who volunteered to a man for active service. He has sustained a wound to the right arm from a shrapnel bullet.

THE PEOPLE'S JOURNAL: 10.03.1917
BRIDGE OF CALLY

Trooper Maurice Gillespie, of the Scottish Horse, died on Sunday morning. He had been ailing for some time, having contracted his illness while with his regiment in Gallipoli, where he was wounded and gassed. He was a handsomely built fellow, and was a general favourite with his school companions and comrades in his regiment. He was severely wounded in the arm.

Maurice died 4th March, 1917 at Steppes Cottage, Bridge of Cally - a private in the Scottish Horse - of phthisis pulmonaris. I have the DC.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark

Not an answer on whether he is a non-comm. or not but Trooper Gillespie is also listed on the Highland Railway Company War Memorial in Inverness.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam,

Well done, thanks for that.

Mark
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard of gas being used at Gallipoli.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gas in the form of a weapon was not used at Gallipoli, but there are other explanations for the term being used (gas from explosives, cooking etc, even gas gangrene) http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t99240.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His service record has survived and is on Ancestry.

let me know if you want me to download it and send it to you.

Gunshot wound right arm 30/9/1915
invalided home 29/10/1915
Discharged 17/4/1916 as medically unfit
medically unfit Pthisis Pulmonaris - result of active service

that looks pretty conclusive to me

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoons,

Great stuff. I hadn't checked the service records but I will have a look tomorrow when I'm back home. I think it was a good case but as you say I think this confirms.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:03 pm    Post subject: Pte Maurice Gillespie Reply with quote

Mark

Further to your PM earlier today, I will get the service file later to save e-mailing it round. If you send on the DC as requested I will look at it and check it is not already in the CWGC system. If not it looks like a good case for consideration.
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He is not in the system. If the DC confirms phthisis pulmonaris he is certain to be accepted by MOD.
Can you advise if you are aware of his place of burial?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:21 pm    Post subject: Tpr. Maurice G Gillespie Reply with quote

Tpr. 3011 Maurice G Gillespie, 1st Scottish Horse has been forwarded as a case, on Mark's behalf, to CWGC / MOD as a non comm death due to service related causes. His details are now in the system.

I am making further enquiries regarding his place of burial.
Will update when further details available.

Well done Mark in finding him.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just read that the Turks did use a type of gas shell at Gallipoli. These were filled with a mix of phosphorus and calcium and when wet gave off an inflammable poisonous gas.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:01 pm    Post subject: Tpr. Maurice G Gillespie Reply with quote

I have now established that Maurice is buried with his mother, and I believe his sister, at Jeanfield Cemetery , Perth and that the grave is not marked.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject: Pte. Maurice G Gillespie Reply with quote

The name of Pte. Maurice G. Gillespie was added to the CWGC Debt of Honour register today.

Name: GILLESPIE, MAURICE GORDON
Initials: M G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Scottish Horse
Unit Text: 1st/1st
Age: 24
Date of Death: 04/03/1917
Service No: 3011
Additional information: Son of James and Annie Gillespie, of Bridge of Cally, Perthshire.
N.B.: Recent research has shown that Private Gillespie is buried here.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Section O. Jeanfield Lair 50.
Cemetery: PERTH (WELLSHILL) CEMETERY


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Pte. Maurice G Gillespie Reply with quote

A CWGC headstone was erected last week over the grave of Pte. Gillespie. CWGC have also added his sister and mother, buried in the same lair, at the bottom of the stone.


Image by kind permission of Iain Anderson, CWGC

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news on the headstones being erected and thanks for the photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done again Mark.

And well done and thanks are due to the CWGC for adding the family details. I've not seen them do that before.
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