GILLIES, William

Published in the Toronto Star, 28 May 1917.  Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. 

The following records have been discerned for Sergeant William Gillies  by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.

London, England, Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1659-1930
Name:  Margaret Gillies
Birth Date:          1865
Admission Age: 27
Admission Date:               29 Jan 1892
Record Type:     Admission
Borough:             Tower Hamlets
Parish or Poor Law Union:            Stepney
Place:    London, England
Title:      Mile End Workhouse: Admission and Discharge Book, 1891-1892

1901 English Census records place Margaret Gillies in Hackney, London, England.  35 years of age, born in 1866 in Mile End, London, England she works as a Children’s ... Machinist. Also in residence is Charles Littlewood (35) noted as her step-brother.  Charles works as a Draper's Clerk by trade.

Independent research confirms that Charles Arthur Littlewood was married to Elsie Hope Ritherdon, who lived until 1939.

Possible 1901 English Census records place James Gillies as an Inmate of The Gordon Boy's Home in Chobham, Surrey, England.  James is 19 years of age born about 1882 of an unknown location.

Library and Archives Canada
Item: William GILLIES
Given Name(s):                William
Surname:            GILLIES
Age:       9
Gender:               M
Ship:      CANADA
Port of Departure:           Liverpool
Date of Departure:          1903-03-20
Port of Arrival:   Halifax
Date of Arrival:  1903-03-28
Year of Arrival:  1903
Party:    Stephenson Party
Destination:       Hamilton, Ontario
Comments:        See also RG76, Central Registry Files, volume 45, file 1381, part 1, reel C-4708
Type of Records:              Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number:               T-496
Children travelling together:       H03GD
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference:         RG 76 C1b
Item Number:   106830

Library and Archives Canada
Item: William GILLIES (149953)
Given Name(s):                William
Surname:            GILLIES
Gender:               M
Age:       9
Date of Birth:     1893-12-17
Year of Arrival:  1903
Date of Departure:          1903-03-30
Sent by:               National Children’s Home
Notes:  The list contains no other details about this child.  Records are in the custody of Action for Children, London, England.
Record Title:       List of children transcribed from ledgers kept at the National Children’s Home in Hamilton.
Reference:         Uncatalogued typed list held at the Genealogy Services Reference desk.
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               149953

1911 Canadian Census records place William Giles as as Servant in the household of Emily and George Blackburn in Scarborough, York, Ontario.  Also in residence were Servants Henry Evans (16) and Lawrence Pearson (13).  William was 18 years of age, born Dec 1893 in Ontario.

1911 English Census records place Margaret Gillies (44) in the household of Charles Littlewood (45) as a Visitor.  Living at 41 Garnham Street in Stoke, Newington, Hackney, London, England, also in residence was Lillian Margaret Littlewood (20) and James Fillies (27).  Charles works as a Draper's Clerk, Lillian woks as a Domestic Servant, Margaret works as a Blouse Machinist and James works as a Tailor's presser.

Attestation papers were signed 23 Sep 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec.  William Gillies was born 17 Dec 1893 in Sandridgeworth, Hertford, England.  He was a Saw Filer by trade.  His Next of Kin was Mrs. Ed. Blagdon of Flambor Centre, Ontario.  5'8" in height with brown eyes and dark hair, he had 5 vaccination marks on his left arm.  His religion was noted as Presbyterian.

Mrs. Edward Blagden of Flamboro Centre, Ontario is later identified as no relation in William's file.  She kept his pay for him, all records on file.  William was promoted to Lance Corporal 20 Jul 1916, Corporal 11 Sep 1916 and Sergeant on 11 Oct 1916.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that William was Killed in Action in the trenches at Arleux.  His body was not recovered for burial, his name is listed on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

His Next of Kin was Miss Queenie Gillies, 475 Katherine Road, Forest Gate, London, England.

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