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John Vivian GORDON

Regimental number1039
Place of birthRiverton, South Australia
SchoolEast Adelaide Public School and Muirden College, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRailway Parade, Kilkenny, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.9
Height5' 9.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Francis Mary Gordon, Railway Parade, West Croydon, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember, 1 year, Elder Smith Company Rifle Club; still a member at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Enlisted 1 March 1916 ... Went into action 24 December. Killed by the bursting of a shell. Missing 24 June 1917. He bore an unblemished character and was deeply mourned.' (details from Francis Mary Gordon, mother)
FateKilled in Action 24 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialMessines Ridge British Cemtery (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 43), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Frances GORDON, 13 Oxford Street, Hyde Park, South Australia. Native of Riverton, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1036 Pte Kenneth Stanley GORDON, 11th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 22 July 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 24 July 1916.

Transferred to 11th Light trench Mortar Battery, 23 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Found guilty, 8 February 1917, of when on Active Service being out of billet after 9 pm: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Detached to Anti-Gas School, 16 April 1917; rejoined unit, 23 April 1917.

Killed in action, 24 June 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GORDON John Vivian

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