Captain Gerard Montague Gordon

Biography of Captain Gerard Montague Gordon

Gerard Montague Gordon was born in Sherborne, Dorset on the 8th January 1891, youngest son of George and Mary Gordon. He was educated at Durnford House, Wellington College and the South Eastern Agricultural College, Wye, Kent. Whilst at Wellington he played for two years in the cricket XI and also represented his school in the Public Schools’ Racket competition at Queen’s Club. He was a member of the MCC and of the Free Foresters and for several seasons played for the Dorset County XI. He was also a fine horseman and athlete.

He came to the University of Glasgow, however, we have been unable to locate any record of him to date. He was an agricultural student and we are endeavouring to find a connection through that lead.

Gerard obtained a commission as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Bn. Royal Fusiliers on the 15th August 1914 and served on the Western Front from 9th February 1915 with the 12th (Service) Battalion and later became Adjutant. At the beginning of 1917, he was admitted to hospital suffering from appendicitis. After recovering from an operation to remove his appendix he returned to the Front in May of that year.

On the evening of 9th June 1917 the battalion had just relieved the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers in trenches near Amstrasse. At 9.45pm, Captain Gordon was one of four officers, including the CO Lieutenant Colonel Compton and the Medical Officer, Captain Clive Alan Whittingham - also a Glasgow graduate, wounded by a shell which landed on Battalion headquarters. Gordon, aged 26, and Whittingham both died of wounds around midnight and were buried with full military honours at a funeral service in Reninghelst Military Cemetery, 10 kilometers south west of Ypres, two days later. Lieutenant Colonel Compton Compton also later died of his wounds on 7th July at Etaples hospital.

Captain Gordon's entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924 quotes two fellow officers: "He was one of the bravest men I have ever met out here and his sense of duty in returning to the front soon after his recent operation filled us all with the deepest admiration. He was always so merry and bright and a great favorite with us all".

"His parting from us has caused a deep cloud over the battalion, because he was one of the best and one we could ill afford to lose."

Summary

Captain Gerard Montague Gordon
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 12th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Degree: Alumnus
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 9 June 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Biography: Information contributed by De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924. See also this thread from the Great War Forum.

Photograph: Courtesy of Des Kearley, from The Sphere, 4th August 1917.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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