(Service number 27271)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||29 October 1889||Place of Birth||Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihao Downs, Waimate, South Canterbury|
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|Next of Kin||John GILLON (father), Kilnhill Farm, Quanter, Lanakshire, Scotland; Robert GILLON (brother), 19 Calder Street, St Kilda, Dunedin, later C/o G.P.O. Waimater, later Waihao Downs, Waimate|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||17th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||25 September 1916|
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|Military Awards||Military Medal|
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James Gillon was born on 29 October 1889 at Bridge of Allan, stirlingshire, Scotland (according to his military file). Perhaps he was born at Cathcart, Renfrewshire but lived in stirlingshire from a very young age. John Gillan was at home with parents, John Gilland and Janet née Hamilton, at Kippen, Stirlingshire in 1891 and atCarluke, Lanarkshire, in 1901. There too was a brother Robert. James was a mill owner at Waihao Downs in 1914 and when he enlisted. He embarked with the 17th Reinforcements in 1916. In 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. It appears that James returned to New Zealand. Perhaps he married Sarah Isobel Smith Brownlie in 1925. James and Sarah were in Wellington in 1928. In the 1940s they were living in Dunning, Perth and Kinross, Scotland .
Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2018]; Timaru Herald, 21 December 1917, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 21 December 1917 (Papers Past); NZ Electoral Rossl (ancestry.com.au) [24 May 2018]; Scotland Electoral Rossl (ancestry.com.au) [24 May 2018]
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