GILLETT, CHARLES 330 Private ‘B’ Coy 1/4th Battalion T.F. 164th Bde 55th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born St. Anne’s-on-Sea  Enlisted Preston  Living Farington

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  28th June 1916

Ref:  ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 15th July 1916

Pte Charles Gillett of the Loyal North Lancs. and of 2 Bridge Cottages, Farington (aged 22), was killed in action on 28th June whilst leading a bombing party.

Capt. Brindle of Chorley writes to Mrs Gillett: ‘Your son was a brave and fearless man, always ready and willing to do the most dangerous work. He volunteered to lead a bombing party, and in doing so met his death. I did not see him die, but his comrades assured me of the fact. We all regret to lose such a brave soldier, and you have our deep sympathy.’ (The Preston Guardian of the same date reports Charles Gillett’s death with photograph).

Charles Gillett’s name is on the following local memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Memorial Window in St. Paul, Farington.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Gillett is commemorated on the:-

ARRAS MEMORIAL, FRANCE

The names of the men of the ‘Loyals’ are on Bay 7.

Son of Mrs E. Gillett, 2 Bridge Cottages, Farington, Leyland, Preston. Age 22.

The Arras Memorial is in the Fauborge-d’Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle, in the western part of the town of Arras near the Citadel.

On the 28th of June, 1916, the 1/4th Loyals, in the line near Arras, took part in a raid on the German trenches: this was in conjunction with raiding parties from all battalions in the Division.

The ‘Battalion History’ states that 2 officers and 8 other ranks were killed and 18 were wounded. Presumably, it was in this raid that Charles Gillett was killed in action.

Note 1:- Strangely, the War History of the 1/4th Battalion does not show Charles Gillett as having died, but records him as having been wounded on June 28th, 1916. Ref: ‘The War History of the 1/4th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancs.’ Appendix ‘B’, the Casualty Lists.

Note 2:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading above, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Note 3:- Charles’s brother Henry also died in the war: he was killed in action Sept. 16th, 1916.

Gillett, Charles. WE Waring 2003