2nd Lieutenant George A Sillars

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant George A Sillars

George Alexander Sillars was a student at the University of Glasgow, studying dentistry. At the outbreak of war, Sillars initially enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), serving in the Mediterranean before transferring to combat duty. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the 5th HLI, joining a number of other University of Glasgow men, including fellow officers Second Lieutenant Ralph Edward May, Second Lieutenant Allan Macfarlane Turner, Captain James Gordon Milne, Major Andrew Marshall Downie, and battalion Commanding Officer Colonel Frederick Lansdowne Morrison.

The officers of the 5th HLI published an account of the battalion's service in the Mediterranean. They relate Sillars's death during the Gaza campaign as follows:

The month of November, 1917, marked a great change in the Battalion. The good days of Sinai, when war meant only an enemy aeroplane in the grey morning, were gone. Then we knew that to-morrow would be like to-day and that there would be no gaps in the ranks when next the earth swung into the morning sunlight. But November tore old associations to shreds. We left Major Findlay and Lieuts. Townsend and Scott beyond the pleasant orange-groves of Herbieh, sleeping among old comrades on the bare ridges of Sineid. Captain Buchanan left us on the road to Emmaus. Lieuts. M'Lellan and Price and Sillars lay on the rocky hill-top of Beth-horon. With them a goodly company of non-commissioned officers and men, who marched with us and drilled with us and fought with us and died gamely with their faces to the enemy.

Sillars is buried at the Ramleh War Cemetery.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant George A Sillars
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action at Gaza 1 December 1917, aged 22.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1218
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Records of the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel:CH4/4/2/3/1218

Battalion History: 1921, The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War, 1914-1918, Glasgow: MacLehose, Jackson and Co.

Burial reference: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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