Friday, February 26, 2010

S. Gauld

According to his attestation papers dated February 9 , 1915 at Toronto, Gordon Smith Mellis Gauld was born on May 22, 1893 in Formosa, Japan.  He listed his father Rev. William Gauld, Formosa, Japan as his next of kin.  He was a student and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years old and 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had a slight scar on his nose and left arm.  He was Presbyterian.

His brother William also enlisted.  Both were born in Formosa (Taiwan) as their father Rev William Gauld was a missionary there (he was buried in the Tamsui Foreign Cemetery when he died in 1923).  Their family's important role in the missionary work in Taiwan is documented in The island beautiful : the story of fifty years in North Formosa, published in 1923. Both he and his brother were nephews of George R. Gauld of Mimico.

He ended up as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery.  Later he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and after earning his wings became an instructor.  While flying with a student the plane crashed and he was killed on March 25, 1918.  He is buried in Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England.

Articles and Photos courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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