Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC
1st Cambridgeshire Regiment (attached 22 Sqd RAF)
Died of Wounds 23rd October 1918, aged 28
Lived at West Wittering, Sussex
Buried in Fillievres
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Capt K C Gill MC of No 22
Sqn RAF (formerly 1st Bn, Cambridgeshire Regt) died on 23 October 1918
from injuries received the previous day while flying Bristol F2B C4888
with his observer 2Lt J V Scorton, who was severely injured. They were
on a practice flight which left 11-40am and crash-landed at 102Sqn and
the aircraft was wrecked.
Capt Gill’s MC was awarded while serving with 1/1st Cambs Rgt. His
citation reads: “For gallant and most useful work on patrol duty
on several occasions. Near Ypres, he went with another officer along the
line of the enemy’s trenches to investigate some dead ground concealed
from our trenches. On 14th May 1915 he went out and remained on the German
parapet one and a half hours gathering valuable information. On the night
of 1st-2nd June, near Houplines, when reconnoitering hostile wire with
another officer, the patrol was discovered and heavily fired upon. Lt
Gill though severely wounded, made repeated efforts to bring in his brother
officer, who was wounded and unable to move within 20 yards of the German
trenches.” (LG 15-9-15).
His MC also related to the incidents noted for his Mentioned in Despatches
(Supplement to LG 1-1-16) – when Sir John French’s despatch
of 15-10-15 cited him as one of the ‘three examples of special gallantry’
by which French wished to illustrate the spirit of the army.
His brother was the famous sculptor Eric Gill and at St Peter and St
Paul’s Church West Wittering is the Parish War Memorial beautifully
carved by Eric Gill on which twenty names are recorded in black with the
year of death in red. One of them is Captain Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC of
the Cambridgeshire Regiment killed in action on October 22 1918. Kenneth
and Eric's father was vicar of West Wittering 1914-30. Kenneth Carlyle
is also commemorated in an attractive stained glass window in the south
aisle. The glass shows St George in a blue cloak and carrying a red shield
and St Patrick dressed in green.
From “Flight” November 14th 1918 – Personals –
Capt. KENNETH CARLYLE GILL, M.C., R.A.F., who recently died of wounds
received in flying back from a hospital, was the sixth son of the Rev.
A. T. and Mrs. Gill, of West Wittering Vicarage, Chichester. He first
went out in February, 1915, as sec. lieut. in the 1st Cambridge Regt.,
having been at St.Catharine's College, Cambridge, two years, intending
to take Holy Orders with a view to becoming a missionary under the auspices
of the S.P.G. He was soon promoted to lieutenant, and was distinguished
for his skill and coolness in patrol duty. In trying to bring in his brother
officer, who had been mortally wounded, he himself was severely wounded.
the M.C., but was in hospital for over ten months. On rejoining his old
regiment in 1916 he became attached to
the R.F.C., and in 1917 became an instructor in the R.A.F. He went out
to the front again last September. Capt.
Gill was educated first at Pennington House School, Bognor,and later at
St. John's School, Leatherhead, of which he wasan exhibitioner. Capt.
Gill married this year Louise Gwendolen, the youngest daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. W. H. Cullen, of Mickleham Downs, Surrey.