(Service number 27271)

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Date 29 October 1889 Place of Birth Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihao Downs, Waimate, South Canterbury
Occupation Millowner
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
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
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Medal

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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 ( [24 May 2018]; Scotland Electoral Rossl ( [24 May 2018]

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