William Keith Gillies

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First name: William

Middle name: Keith

Last name: Gillies

Personal information:

Sergeant Gillies was attached to the Field Engineers of the 15th Company of the 5th Division A.I.F. Describes voyage from Australia to Egypt and then to England on the troopship Makarini, 1 Apr.-8 June 1916, training in engineers training camp, service in France and Belgium as a sapper from 7 Oct. 1916, hospitalisation with pneumonia Jan. 1917, trench warfare Mar. 1917, pontoon bridging and bridge building June-Sept. 1917 and battle at Zillebeke Lake, Belgium 23 Sept. 1917 . Includes drawings of a map and AIF colours, and a newscutting

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