Eugene Anthony Gillespie

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Eugene Anthony Gillespie
Personal Information
Date of Birth 21 Dec 1886
Place of Birth Whyte Yarcowie, South Australia
Death 1951
Place of Death Katanning, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 6 months
Description 5' 6 1/4" (1.68m) tall ; 180 lbs
81.647 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Agent
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Margaret Dorothy Gillespie
Military Information
Reg Number 7743
Date of Enlistment 7 Jun 1917
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 26th Reinforcement Transferred to 4th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Coy
Date of Embarkation 1 Aug 1817 ‒ 21 Sep 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A7 Medic Sydney to Halifax
Date of Embarkation 22 Sep 1917 ‒ 3 Oct 1917
Ship Embarked On SS Orissa Halifax to Liverpool
Date of Return 18 Jan 1919 ‒ 23 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A38 Ulysses Devonport to Gibraltar
Date of Return 14 Feb 1919 ‒ 17 Mar 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A11 Ascanius Gibraltar to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia (medical)
Monument none currently
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Married Margaret Dorothy Tomlinson, from Armadale, in 1913 in the Katanning district. Electoral Roll entries - 1912 - 1917 list him as a book keeper at Gnowangerup. Son John Reginald Gillespie was born in Armadale on 15 Feb 1916.

War Service

Early records missing, but would appear to have received some basic training at Blackboy Hill camp before being identified for specialist training in New South Wales. Eugene departed Sydney, and unusually, travelled via the east coast of the USA to Liverpool in England. Nothing in his records indicate why he had been sent overseas from Sydney instead of Fremantle.

On arrival in England Eugene was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford to prepare for service on the Western Front. A month latere he transferred ot the 13th Training Battalion and on 16 Jan 1918 he was despatched to France via Southampton.

Joined the 16th Battalion near Kemmel between Ypres and Messines on 26 Jan 1918 along with 3 officers and 89 other ranks.

On 21 May 1918 he was referred to a medical board for assessment, and as a result, was transferred to the 4th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company based at Dunkirk on 7 Jun 1918, remaining with them until he was granted an early return to Australia due to deficient hearing in Jan 1919. Developed influenza on the way home, and was off loaded at Gibraltar and admitted to the Gibraltar General Hospital from 23 Jan to 10 Feb 1919. Recovered, he then completed the homeward journey aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius.

Discharged by 5th Military District on 17 Apr 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1921 - 1949 he was a farmer at Pallingup near Broome Hill. Children Eugene Walter (1914 - 1997); John Reginald (1916 - 2011); (Douglas Claude 31 Jul 1923 - 1923)


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