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Lionel Harrison Rankon GORDON

Place of birthHammond, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPublic school teacher
AddressTallawalka, Sedan, South Australia
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation30.1
Height5' 8"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinMother, Sussannah Anny Gordon, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as Junior Cadet instructor for 2 years; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 26 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallanry and devotion to duty at Bellicourt, on 28th-29th September, 1918; he, in conjunction with another officer, acted as F.O.O. He maintained practically uninterrupted communications throughout his group head-quarters, and in the course of the operation obtained and transmitted information of the greatest value and importance, not only to the artillery, but to the infantry as well.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Discharge date16 March 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 5 November 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 16 March 1920.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death9 May 1946
SourcesNAA: B2455, GORDON Lionel Harrison Rankon

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