Captain John K. Gillespie, MC
SAC 1902

Captain John Krause Gillespie was a native of Toronto, born 7 April 1891 and attended St. Andrew's College for only one year - 1902.

He enlisted 7 May 1916 with the 170th Battalion with whom he sailed overseas in August. Within 4 months of his arrival in France, Major Gillespie contracted Vincent's Angina (Trench Mouth) and tonsillitis, which typified the poor sanitary conditions of the Western Front in the pre-antibiotic era. He transferred to the 3rd Battalion in January and was awarded the Military Cross while serving with them during the summer. On the eve of Armistice Day he moved to the 1st Central Ontario Regimental Depot and remained with them in Europe until his discharge in September 1919.

Military Cross
Military Cross

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When both his guns had been destroyed and a number of his crews became casualties, he rallied the remainder and pushed forward, killing a number of the enemy and taking prisoners."

Awarded as per London Gazette 30204 dated 26 July 1917.