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Corporal William Howard Gemmell

10th Battalion Alberta Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service No: 183084

William Howard Gemmell grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Stephen Howard (the late Town Chamberlain) (02/07/1856-25/05/1911) and Jane Gardner Gemmell (26/04/1862-1944) of 19 Margaret St, Coatbridge. Williams elder brother Private John Gemmell of the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 12/09/1915 (see index). William also had 4 sisters who he visited whilst on leave. From 1901 Census - Address - 26 Weir St, Coatbridge - Stephen H Gemmell aged 44, Jane Gemmell aged 39, Helen Jeffrey Gemmell aged 18, Agnes Howard Gemmell aged 16, Jane G Gemmell aged 13, Robert Howard Gardner Gemmell aged 11, John Gardner Gemmell aged 8, William H F G Gemmell aged 5, Margaret Hogg F Gemmell aged 1

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 11248, 126th St, Edmonton, Alberta with his mother Jane Gemmell


Killed in Action 30/09/1918


Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03/11/1915


Cashier and Paymaster / Before Emigrating - William Bain and Company, Lochrin Iron Works


23 / DOB - 22/05/1895

Buried / Remembered

Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The first rest camps for Commonwealth forces were established near Terlincthun in August 1914 and during the whole of the First World War, Boulogne and Wimereux housed numerous hospitals and other medical establishments. The cemetery at Terlincthun was begun in June 1918 when the space available for service burials in the civil cemeteries of Boulogne and Wimereux was exhausted. It was used chiefly for burials from the base hospitals, but Plot IV Row C contains the graves of 46 RAF personnel killed at Marquise in September 1918 in a bombing raid by German aircraft. In July 1920, the cemetery contained more than 3,300 burials, but for many years Terlincthun remained an 'open' cemetery and graves continued to be brought into it from isolated sites and other burials grounds throughout France where maintenance could not be assured. During the Second World War, there was heavy fighting in the area in 1940. Wimille was devastated when, from 22 - 25 May, the garrison at Boulogne fought a spirited delaying action covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. There was some fighting in Wimille again in 1944. The cemetery suffered considerable damage both from the shelling in 1940 and during the German occupation. The cemetery now contains 4,378 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and more than 200 war graves of other nationalities, most of them German. Second World War burials number 149.

Additional Information

William was Killed in Action as the German Army was in retreat less than 6 weeks before the Armistice. See photos for Williams Attestation papers. Williams grave inscription reads " HE DIED IF IT WAS DEATH TO GIVE HIS YOUNG LIFE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE "

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