Alexander GEMMILL

Highland Light Infantry, 18th Btn.
                               Formerly Royal Scots Fusililers, 4th Btn.  

Rank & Number:     

30 May 1893; Ritchie Street, West Kilbride  

                        28 April 1954; Ashfield, Ritchie Street,
                                West Kilbride  

Territorial Medal                                 
                                Brother-in-law of Allan, David & William Thomson

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.  

He was the organist at Fairlie United Free Church.    


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 duty.  

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
2nd Lieut. Alex Gemmill, son of Mr. J.H. Gemmill, gazetted a short time ago (WK notes)  

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.


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