2018 PTE Thomas GILLETT 1/4th York and Lancaster Regiment.
Thomas GILLETT was born 1873 in Sheffield. The census shows that in 1891 he was married, employed as a carter and living at 6 Cross Hunt Street, St Georges, Sheffield. In 1901 He lived with his family at No 4 Bellefield Street, Netherthorpe, Sheffield and in 1911 he was still at the same address but is now employed as a mechanical file cutter.
At the age of 42 Thomas first enlisted for service at Sheffield as 2018 Pte GILLETT of the 1/4th Hallamshire Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment. At this time his given address is 42 Ellison Street, Sheffield and his trade as saw temperer.
In July 1915 whilst serving with the 1/4th Battalion York and Lancaster in France Thomas was wounded slightly but sufficiently enough to have him evacuated back to the UK where he was treated at No1 Hospital Reading.
The battalion war diary tells us that during July 1915 they were in trenches at Sarragossa Farm, near the Yser Canal. For days they had been subjected to heavy shelling, including gas, rifle fire and attacks. On the 13th July they suffered 3 officers wounded, 17 men killed and 55 wounded. It is likely that Thomas was amongst these wounded. Although very interestingly the diary also records that on the 18th July 2 men are accidentally shot resulting in slight wounds. This is the same day he is recorded as being admitted to Reading Hospital!
On 1st September 1917 he was transferred to the Labour Corps and given service number 251718.
On 25th October 1917 he was promoted Corporal and only a matter of a few days later on 30th October 1917 he was promoted Sergeant.
Documents showing aspects of Thomas’ service survive as shown below:-
Thomas passed away in Sheffield in September 1957.