GILLETT, HENRY 18134 Private 12th Battalion 61st Brigade 20th Division

THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT)

Born Farington  Enlisted Southport  Living Farington

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  16th September 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 13.

His name appears on the following memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Memorial Window, St. Paul, Farington.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Henry Gillett’s name is commemorated on the:-

THIÈPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE

Men of the King’s Liverpools are commemorated on Pier 1, Face D and Pier 8, Faces B and C.

Aged 20. The son of Mrs E. Gillett of 2 Bridge Cottages, Farington, and the late Mr W. Gillett.

The memorial is some 6 km north of Albert, and Thièpval village is 3 km north-west of Pozières on the D73 road. Pozières lies on the D929 – Albert to Bapaume road – 6.5 km north-east of Albert. The memorial commemorates 72,085 men who died in the Somme sector up until March 20th, 1918, the eve of the German push back across the battlefield, and who have no known grave. The memorial was designed by the eminent architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944).

The above shows that Henry Gillett and Charles of the previous sheet are brothers.

Note 1:- The 20th Division, of which the 12th King’s was a part, was engaged in the ‘Battle of Flers - Courcelette’, the first time that ‘Tanks’ were used in action, 15th-22nd September. It was in this battle that Henry Gillett lost his life.

Note 2:- The 12th King’s was a ‘Service’ battalion that was formed at Seaforth in September 1914 as part of K2. Service Battalions were formed by the men who volunteered as a result of Kitchener’s ‘Your Country Needs You’ appeal. So many men answered the call that, eventually, five ‘New Armies’ had been formed: the 12th Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment) was in Kitchener’s Second Army – K.2 .

Note 3:- No report has been found of his death in any of the local newspapers or Parish Magazines.

Gillet, Henry. WE Waring 2003