A new collection has been donated to the Somerset Heritage Service

One of the many positive responses to the opening of the Somerset Remembers exhibition at the Museum of Somerset has been the donation of personal collections to the Heritage Service.

We have recently received a collection relating to the Gillson family of Bridgwater. 

George and Emma Gillson of Bristol Road Bridgwater had six sons that served during the First World War in different regiments.

Bridgwater 5 sons

This newspaper article describes ‘Five Sons with the Colours’

The collection includes several photographs of the brothers in their military uniform, as well as family letters especially those written to and from the youngest son Thomas Hedley Gillson during 1918.

Thomas Hedley Gillson followed in the footsteps of his five brothers, joining the army later in the war period. His military career in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was cut short on June 10 1918 when he died from wounds received in France.

The Memorial Scroll and Death Plaque for Thomas Hedley Gillson

The Memorial Scroll and Death Plaque for Thomas Hedley Gillson

Thomas Hedley Gillson was survived by his brothers, Percy and Harold.

The Gillson Collection

The Gillson Collection

Percy was issued with a Silver War Badge in February 1918 having left the Army Service Corps due to sickness.

Percy wearing his Silver War Badge

Percy wearing his Silver War Badge

Wheeler Harold Gillson Army Service Corps.

Wheeler Harold Gillson Army Service Corps.

We are very grateful to the Gillson family for donating this extensive and fascinating collection.

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