Other names: Frederick Edward
Locations in this story: Hazelbury Bryan, DorsetDitcheat, Shepton Mallet, SomersetEgyptHartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetMarnull, DorsetMoorcourt Farm, Moorside, Sturminster, DorsetWeymouth, DorsetTodber, Sturminster, DorsetSharpham, Somerset
Story: Frederick Edward Gillett was born in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset, on 7th June 1897 and baptised there on 15th August 1897, the son of Edwin John Gillett and Emily Mary Gillett (née Gould). He spent his early life in Hazelbury Bryan and later in Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He enlisted with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1407) as a Private. he was posted to Egypt on 15 Nov 1916 and whilst there transferred to the Corps of Hussars (Imperial Camel Corps) Machine Gun Section with a new Service No. 50076. On his discharge on 27 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. It is not known when his family moved but by 1920 he was living with his parents at Hartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Ada May Shute at the Parish Church in Marnull, Dorset, on 18th May 1920. The 1921 Census shows him now living at Sharpham Park, Sharpham, Somerset, working as a Dairyman. By the time of the 1939 Register he had again moved to Moorcourt Farm, Moorside, Sturminster, Dorset, and was described as a Dairy Farmer. His death was registered in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry on 26 Apr 1983 and, as he had been living in Todber, Dorset, he was later buried at nearby St. Gregory's Church, Marnull, Dorset, on 4th May 1983. His name appears on the Fontmell Magna Roll of Honour.