Gillott, Albert Lowther

Albert Lowther Gillott was born on 5th February, 1887 at Burton Leonard, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, and was the seventh of eight children to Thomas William Gillott and Jane (Lowther).

The Gillott family had resided at Burton House, Knaresborough and Ripon, Yorkshire before settling in Flint at 104, Mount Pleasant, Northop Road.

He married Helen Reay at the Register Office, Chester, on 11th March, 1914. Helen was born c.1893 and a daughter of Robert Reay, a chauffeur. On the marriage certificate Albert’s address was given as 33, Cuppin Street, Chester. He was employed by the Co-operative Society, Bootle, Liverpool, and was formerly a grocer’s assistant. It is not known if they had children.

Albert’s mother, Jane, was born in Low Catton, Yorkshire and died 19th June, 1914, aged 64, at her home, 104, Mount Pleasant, Northop Road, Flint, and was buried in the Northop Road Cemetery. With the exception of a brief illness she had apparently been in the enjoyment of ordinary health, and in the course of her daily household duties she also engaged in the rearing of poultry, etc., on the land adjoining her residence. About eight o’clock the previous Friday morning she was in the garden at the rear of the house attending to the poultry and conversing with a neighbour in a friendly manner. A few moments afterwards she was suddenly seized with illness, and her collapse being quickly observed she was carried into the kitchen and placed upon the sofa, where she expired almost immediately, much to the poignant grief of her husband and daughters, and other members of the family. She was employed in the offices of Messrs Hughes and Hughes, solicitors, and a worshipper at the Parish Church and was highly respected by a number of the residents.

Albert enlisted in Chester and was killed in action at Mesopotamia on 15th February, 1917.

He has no known grave but is remembered on the Basra Memorial, Iraq (Panels 16 and 62).

He is remembered on the war memorial in St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

It is not known what became of Albert’s wife Helen after his death.

Albert’s father, Thomas, was born in Aldecar, Derbyshire. He died on 29th March, 1920, aged 67, and was buried with his wife. He was a senior clerk in the employ of Messrs Hughes and Hughes, solicitors, Flint and Connah’s Quay.

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