DRAYTON REMEMBERS – WILLIAM GILLARD

William Gillard and his twin brother Charles was Baptised in St Catherine’s Church, Drayton on the 25 November 1877. They were the sons of Thomas and Elizabeth Gillard. On the 1911 census they were living at Midelney Place. Thomas was a Coachmen and William was a Footman for the Trevilian family.At the outbreak of the Great War, William enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was a member of the 20 Stationery Hospital in Salonika and was a Nursing Orderly. He died of Malaria on the 4 September 1917.His obituary in the Langport and Somerton Herald was published on the 15 September 1917 and reads:“The sad news was received on Monday by Mr Gillard that his son, Private W Gillard of the RAMC has passed away. A few days before a cable was received stating that Pte Gillard was in a critical condition suffering from malaria. The late Pte Gillard was for many years Valet to the late E.B Cely Trevilain of Midelney Place. He was of the most genial and courteous nature and was a general favourtie of the village. The greatest sympathy is extended to Mr Gillard in the heavy loss that has befallen him. Pte Gillard did not wait for any form of compulsion but volunteered his services as an early stage of the war and has now died after gallantly doing his bit for King and Country”William is remembered on both Curry Rivel and Drayton Memorials and is buried in the Selonika Military Cemetery.

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