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