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Private John Gemmell

11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service No: s / 6428

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Stephen (the late Town Chamberlain) and Jane Gemmell of 19 Margaret St, Coatbridge. Husband of Mrs Jeannie Martin Gemmell of 3 William St, Coatbridge. Johns younger and only brother Corporal William Gemmell of the 10th Battalion, Alberta Regiment, Canadians was Killed in Action on the 30/09/1918 (see index). He also had 5 sisters.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 3 William St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 12/09/1915 by a shell landing in his trench

Enlisted

Coatbridge /11/1914

Employed

Iron Dresser in Tennents Foundry

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Fosse 7 Military Cemetery (Quality St), Mazingarbe, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Fosse 7 was four kilometres East of Mazingarbe, on the West side of the road from Lens to Bethune and it consisted of a pit-head and an Electric Power Station with a garden suburb of miners' houses (the trench which led into the cemetery was named "Quality Street" during the War). The cemetery was begun by French troops in May, 1915, and carried on by British units from June, 1915, to April, 1917. There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 10 are unidentified and 17, destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special memorials.

Additional Information

John was killed whilst on sentry duty by an enemy shell that landed in his trench. 2nd Lieutenant J F C Cameron of the 11th Argylls returned a 5 franc note found in Johns breast pocket and a small coin watch found on his wrist to his wife. See photos for letter sent by the 2nd Lieutenant to Johns wife. Also remembered on the Coats Parish Church Roll of Honour (see photos)

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