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John Knox GORDON

Regimental number4171
Place of birthAberdeen Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStonemason
Address3 Fitzroy Street, Milsons Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Gordon, Sheetsons Police Station, North Berwick, Scotland
Enlistment date2 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4171A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 3 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'East of GUEUDECOURT on the night of 23rd/24th February, 1917, Lance Corporal GORDON accompanied Lieutenant BUCHAN, his Company second in command, into TNO MANUS LANDU in order to tape out and reconnoitre the line of the sap to SUNRAY TRENCH which was then to be shortly occupied. It was found, owing to the darkness of the night and persistence of the enemy machine gun fire, inadvisable to return to the original starting point. In endeavouring to get back to our lines by another route a point was approached where their presence in TNO MANUS LANDU was unknown as machine gun fire was directed against them from our own trenches. Lance Corporal GORDON however crawled forward, successfully gained the trench and informed the machine gunners of the presence of Lieutenant BUCHAN who was thereby able to proceed in safety. Lance Corporal GORDONUs name has before been brought to my notice for conspicuous bravery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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