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A Ctesiphon 1915 casualty group – Devon and Yorkshire Regts.


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A Ctesiphon 1915 casualty group

IGS 1854, clasp Burma 1889-92 to:

3025 Pte W. Gill 2nd Bn Devon Reg, and 1914-15 trio to: Sgt W.J. Gill 1/ Yorks Reg.

William James Gill born in Saugor, East Indies, enlisted 21st May 1890, the son of a Captain in the Bengal army.

Served in North Eastern column, Burma 1891-92, in the 2nd Devon regiment.

He undertook a transport training course in 1894.

Discharged in India in 1902

Re-enlisting in the 1st Bn Yorkshire Regiment for WW1, he was posted to Mesopotamia, attached to the Supply and Transport Corps, presumably due to his previous training in Transport as a Sergeant, his MIC stating that he entered the theatre of war on the 1st February 1915.

C.W.G.C. records show Gill as being killed between 22nd November – 1st December 1915, which ties up with the great two-day Battle of Ctesiphon.

The group had been broken up for some time, but was reunited in 1998 and was the subject of an article in the OMRS Journal, Summer 1999 titled “Win One, Lose One”

Sold with the original envelope of issue for his memorial plaque, addressed to a T.F. Gill in Australia.

Research including service papers, MIC etc.

Medals in EF condition.