|Place of birth||Port Pirie South Australia|
|Address||York, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Sister, Grace Gillies, Brookton, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Pioneer Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Valuable services, showing conspicuous coolness and devotion to duty.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'On 26th August, 1916, Private GILLEIS was left on the LA BOISSELLE - CONTALMAISON ROAD at head of SAUSAGE VALLEY in charge of four horses, and while there the enemy suddenly opened a very heavy artillery barrage on the road where he was waiting. The shells fell all round, three of the horses were slightly wounded (one in two places) and some fragments struck GILLIES' steel helmet. There were recesses in the Northern bank of the road in which GILLIES himself might have crouched for shelter, but he stuck to the frightened horses until the shelling shifted down the valley and he was able to move westward. Statement by two Officers of the Reserve Army Staff who witnessed the incident is attached hereto.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
War service: Western FrontMilitary Medal, Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal