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Gemmill, R.

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Lindsay Soldier returns home aboard Nelson

A two-year-old son he had never seen and a happy, wife greeted Sgt. Major Ray Gemmill, RCA, of Melbourne street, Lindsay when he arrived home from England late Saturday night. While knowing that her husband was being invalided to Canada, Mrs. Gemmill had no information that he had even sailed before his surprise arrival.

Only 26 years of age Sgt.-Major Gemmill returned a real army veteran as he first enlisted with the 45th Infantry Regiment at Lindsay when only 16 years of age and has been connected with the army ever since. In 1937 he was promoted to Sergeant with the 45th Field Battery and when that unit went active on September 3rd 1939 he enlisted the same day.

Following training at Lindsay and Petawawa he was promoted to the rank of Sgt.-Major in June 1941 when the four batteries the 45th 12th, 97th and 100th were regimented into the 7th Army Field Regiment. In November, 1941, he went overseas and has had extensive training ever since.

Want to Fight

Sgt.-Major Gemmill served under another Lindsay officer, Capt. Grant Ferguson and states that his unit is considered to be one of the crack units in England and is aching for action. He speaks with highest praise of the English people and says that the main impression of England is that it is one gigantic fortress. Every hamlet and village has its quota of service men and there is hardly a minute of the day that airplanes are not heard overhead.

A son of Mrs. Margaret Gemmill and the late Herbert J. Gemmill, the young Sgt-Major was born in Almonte, Ontario, moving to Appleton and from there to Lindsay. He attended school here but took his greatest interest in military training. After several months of confinement in an English hospital he was carried by stretcher to the hospital ship "Lady Nelson." "The thought of coming home did me more good than all the treatments” he states, "and I became a walking case after my first day on ship. My only worry now is that they will allow me to stay in the service in whatever capacity I can serve best." There are three other brothers also in active service, Keith with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in Italy, Basil with the 2nd LAA Regiment in Italy and Patrick with the RCN.

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Date of Publication:
19 Apr 1944
Personal Name(s):
Keith Gemmill ; Keith Eldon Gemmill ; Patrick Gemmill ; Bazil Gemmill ; Margaret Gemmill ; Ray Gemmill ; Raymond Edward Gemmill
World War II Service Files
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.3563309612237 Longitude: -78.7432921933423
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Gemmill, R.