Died: 28 April 1954; Ashfield, Ritchie Street, West Kilbride
Other: Territorial Medal
of Allan, David & William Thomson
ALEXANDER GEMMILL was born 30 May 1893 at Ritchie Street, West Kilbride, to parents John,
a joiner, and Jane Ann Young (who married in West
Kilbride on 2 Aug 1892). He died of pancreatic cancer at home at
Ashfield, Ritchie Street, West Kilbride on 28 Apr 1954 (aged
60, married, master joiner).
On 20 Apr 1921 at St. Margaret’s
United Free Church, Fairlie, Alexander (aged 29, joiner, of Ashfield, West Kilbride) married Janet Barbour Thomson, daughter of Allan Hugh Thomson,
joiner, of Tarbert Cottage, Fairlie.
was the organist at Fairlie United Free Church.
SERVICE DETAILS The Largs and Millport
Weekly News reported on 15 Aug 1914 that he’d been called away on Territorial
duty, and his medal index card shows the theatre of war entered was France on
21 Jan 1916. He received the
Territorial, the British War and the Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
15 August 1914 Mr.
A. Gemmill, organist at St. Margaret’s Church, was called away on Territorial
24 April 1915 Lance Corporal A.
Gemmill, Royal Scots Fusiliers, officiated at the organ in St. Margaret’s last
Sunday evening, probably for the last time until the conclusion of the war.
5 June 1915
Lieut. Alex Gemmill, son of Mr. J.H. Gemmill, gazetted a short time ago (WK
30 October 1915 2nd
Lieut. Alex Gemmill, Highland Light Infantry, played the organ in St.
Margaret’s last Sunday evening.
7 February 1920 St. Margaret’s Church Annual
Meeting: During the evening the choir under Mr.
Alexander Gemmill rendered several anthems.
Mr. William Fife in eulogistic terms proposed a vote of thanks to the
treasurer and collectors, while a similar compliment was paid to the choir and
helpers by the chairman.
23 April 1921 A
local church wedding which created much interest was solemnized here on
Wednesday. Miss Jessie B. Thomson, elder
daughter of Mr. and Mrs Allan H. Thomson, Tarbet Cottage, was married to Mr.
Alex Gemmill of West Kilbride in St. Margaret's U.F. Church.