Gillespies have served in many wars, with records in this library as early as the 1600s in Ireland. The first Canadian military record on file is for September 1759 for a Gillespie military leader on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City and the struggle between the French and British for control of Canada. His roots have been researched to Renfew County in Ontario where his family later settled. Another Scottish Gillespie soldier, in the same battle in Quebec, had arrived from Fort George, near Inverness, Scotland. His family history is recorded on this website.
In 2014, I stood in Westminister Cathedral in London, England looking down at the grave of the British leader of that great battle in Quebec, General James Wolfe (1727-59) which determined Canada’s future British roots instead of French ones, in awe of the history that is remembered on these pages.
Click on the links below to find Gillespie records in military conflicts around the world. See a new addition– the top 20 military powers in 2016.
American Revolution 1765-1783
The India Mutiny 1857-1859
American Civil War 1861-1865
The Boer War, Africa 1899-1902 – see photo of a British mule train straining up a hill
World War 1: 1914-1918 Photo of men in the trenches
World War II: 1937-1945
Photo of Omaha Beach
Vietnam War 1955-1975
Forces Reunited – British Soldiers’ Website. Forces War Records has over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites.
|USA||601 Billion||1,400,000||8,848||13, 892||72|
|JAPAN||41.6 Billion||247, 173||678||1,613||16|
|SOUTH KOREA||62.3 Billion||624, 465||2,381||1,412||13|
|UNITED KINGDOM||60.5 Billion||146,980||407||936||10|
|TURKEY||18.2 Billion||410, 500||3,778||1,020||13|
|EGYPT||4.4 Billion||468, 500||4,624||1,107||4|
|TAIWAN||10.7 Billion||290, 000||2,005||804||4|
Note: This report, in order of miltary might, seems to have two errors to me on military budget re USA & China. Is it possible that these two nations actually spend that kind of money for the military, or was there a typo in that original report so should it read USA 60.1 Billion and China 21.6 billion? That doesn’t sound right either for the largest nation in the East. The accompanying notes say that Russia has the most powerful armed forces in the world, and Israel is using many drones as part of its forces.