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Cyril Gillett


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Serial No. 4387

1st Field Artillery Brigade,3rd Field Artillery Brigade &1st Divisional Ammunition Column


Cyril Gillett - Information

Cyril was a son of William and Catherine Gillett. The Gilletts had lived in Picton, where Cyril was born c1897. The family then moved to Bridge St in Epping, where Cyril worked as a hairdresser. When he was 18, he enlisted in the AIF in Liverpool on the 28th of February 1915. During training, he was made a Driver with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade. He departed Sydney Harbour on the 26th of June 1915 upon the HMAT Berrima.

Landing in Egypt, he was shortly transported to the Gallipoli Peninsula with the 3rd FAB. Gallipoli for the artillery was arduous, the men would often have to push guns up steep slopes to get them into position. After the campaign ended, he was stationed back in Egypt. In March 1916, Cyril and his unit followed the infantry to the Western Front. In May, he was transferred and joined the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column. Sadly, Cyril was then killed in action on the 11th of January 1917. He was buried at the Quarry Cemetery, Mortauban in France.