Other names: Frederick Edward
Locations in this story: Hazelbury Bryan, DorsetDitcheat, Shepton Mallet, SomersetFrance & FlandersHartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetMarnull, DorsetPutney, LondonMoorcourt Farm, Moorside, Sturminster, DorsetWeymouth, Dorset
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. 56076) attached to the Machine Gun Section of the Camel Corps. In due course he was transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards on appointment as 2nd Lieutenant then Lieutenant. He served with his Unit in France and Flanders and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals. It is not known when his family moved but by 1920 he was living at Hartgrove Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Ada Mary Shute at the Parish Church in Marnull, Dorset, on 18th May 1920. By 1922 he had moved to Putney, London, and was there until at least 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Moorcourt Farm, Moorside, Sturminster, Dorset, and was described as a Dairy Farmer. His death was registered in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1983 and he was buried at Marnull, Dorset, on 4th May 1983. His name appears on the Fontmell Magna Roll of Honour.