Frank Malcolm Gill

Rank Captain
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 25-26/05/1915
Age 36
Regiment/Service London Regiment 24th Battalion
Memorial Le Touret Memorial, France.

 

Frank was born in Finchley on 15th February 1879. He had 5 siblings, Helen (b.1875), Emma (b.1876), Frederick (b.1881), Constance (b.1883) and Hugh (b.1885). Frank was educated at Reigate Grammar School and New College, Reigate. In 1899 he joined the London Rifle Brigade. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant in March 1905, Lieutenant in April 1908 and Captain in December 1909. Frank married Evelyn Todd in April 1907 and had one son, Richard Malcolm Gill, born in Reigate in February 1909.

 

An account of Frank, from ‘The Bond of Sacrifice: Volume II’

"Captain F. M. Gill held the respect of all Ranks. He was an excellent leader of men, especially in action, under both shell and rifle fire. Proof of this was forthcoming when he led the leading company in a successful attack upon a German front-line trench at Givenchy on May 25th. After capturing the trench, Captain Gill realised that it was imperative for this position to be captured, as a withering fire was coming from that flank. He at once mounted to the top of the hill, revolver in hand, and cried out to the men of his company to rally round him with a view to charging across the top. 

The company did so, but unable to get more than about twenty yards from the objective, the company lost heavily in both killed and wounded, as they lay down to reply by firing "rapid". Captain Gill was picking off bombers and snipers with his revolver as they showed themselves, until he was shot through the shoulder, and compelled to go to the rear where he received another wound in the head, which proved fatal. His remains were respectfully laid to rest in a sheltered spot behind our lines. He laid down his life in carrying out his orders, to the admiration of all who knew or saw him."