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William J R Gemmill OC 8th RS

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William J R Gemmill OC 8th RS
Born in 1877, entered G.W.C. in 1889. He was a prominent E. Lothian agriculturalist and a most public-spirited man. He went through the S. African War with the Lothians and Berwickshire Yeomanry, being awarded the Queen's Medal with four clasps. Joining the 7th V.B.R.S. (now 8th R.S.) as a Lt. in 1904, he went to France in Nov. 1914 with the rank of Major, and was second in command. On the death of his O.C. he took command in May 1915, with the rank of Lt.-Col. He won the D.S.O., was mentioned in Despatches thrice, and was awarded an Italian decoration (Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus). In the German Offensive of Mar. 1918 he put up a great fight, and was killed while reorganising a new line of defence, Apr. 1918.
Posted on November 26, 2009

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