Private 20075 Joseph Gill

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Died on Monday, 22nd October 1917, age 46.
Buried in Grave I. C. 3. at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas De Calais, France.

9th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment (Pioneers). Pioneer Battalion of 23rd Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. John's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/85871/

Genealogical Data

According to the French death registration, Joseph Gill was born on the 13th August 1871
Birth of Joseph Gill registered September quarter 1871 in Dudley.

1901 Census
27 Bloomfield Road, Sedgley, Staffs.
Joseph Gill (60, Foundry Labourer, born Sedgley), his wife Rebecca (62, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Joseph (29, Coal Miner - Loader, born Sedgley), William (27, Coal Miner - Loader, born Sedgley), and Mary (21, born Sedgley).

1911 Census
11 Fountain Lane, Princes End, Tipton, Staffs.
Boarding with Bernard and Ellen Callaghan and their 3 children, was:
Joseph Gill (40, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Sedgley).

Personal Data

After Joseph's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £4/8/5d (4 pounds, 8 shillings and 5 pence); this was paid to his eldest brother, John, in March and July 1918. His War Gratuity was £9/10/0d (9 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to John in March 1920. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Joseph had enlisted in August 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The 9th South Staffs were the Pioneer Battalion for the 23rd Division; they landed in France in August 1915. After a spell in the Loos area, they moved to Vimy, then to the Somme. During the Battle of the Somme the 23rd Division were involved in the Battles of Albert, Bazentin Ridge, Pozieres, Flers, Morval, and Le Transloy. In 1917 they moved to the Ypres Salient, where they took part in the Battle of Messines, and the various battles of 3rd Ypres.

Joseph's "Soldier's Effects" entry says "Found drowned, Calais". According to the French death registration, Joseph died at the 35th General Hospital near Calais on 20th October 1917, at 7.00am in the morning, this is most likely the time and place that death was certified. Joseph is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, near Calais.

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