John Sproat McGill

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. GUNR. JOHN S. McGILL, RGA. Not listed by CWGC/SNWM John Sproat McGill, Gunner (76888) Royal Garrison Artillery. Latterly, Private (452092) 460th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Age 29. John was a draper in Preston when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised in April 1916 and went to France with the 133rd Siege Battery of the RGA in August 1916. He served at the Somme and at Beaumont Hamel but in October he was accidentally injured in his eye by a ram rod and then had his appendix removed. He was evacuated to hospital in Bradford and in April 1917 was transferred to the Labour Corps. He was re-admitted to hospital in February 1918 and was diagnosed with a detached retina. In April he was discharged from the army and awarded a Silver War Badge (401075) He died at home in Preston of sarcoma of the liver. Born 1889 at Crossmichael. Son of William Gifford McGill and of Isabella Livingston (Sproat) McGill of Knockallan Farm, Crossmichael. Husband of Margaret (Burrow) McGill of Preston, Lancashire who he married in 1913 at Preston. Died on 27 February 1919. There does not appear to be any connection between his injury and later cause of death.
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