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John Rutherford GORDON

Place of birthGilberton South Australia
AddressUnley Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, David John Gordon, Parliament House, South Australia
Enlistment date1 May 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameJune 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 8 August 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when as observer on an offensive patrol, he shot down and destroyed three hostile machines. Previous to this he had shot down two enemy triplanes, one of which crashed to the ground in flames. He has also effectively and repeatedly scattered massed bodies of enemy troops by accurate shooting from a height of 100 feet. His skill and daring have been of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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