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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 16/08/1891 Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. d. 19/10/1963 Torquay, Queensland.

 

Gordon was 27 years old, and acting as a lance corporal in the 41st Battalion (Queensland), Australian Imperial Force during the First World War, during the Battle of Amiens when the following deeds took place, leading to his being awarded the Military Medal. This action occurred on the "Black Day" of the German Army, in which the Australian Corps destroyed their opposition. As a result of which the Canadian Corps advanced on the 9 August 1918, leading to a general retreat on the part of the German troops on their front during the ensuing period. The Australian 3rd Division continued to advance toward the bend in the River Somme, during this period the following action, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross took place.

 

VC ACTION

 

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 26th/27th August 1918, east of Bray. He led his section through heavy shell fire to the objective, which he consolidated. Single-handed he attacked an enemy machine gun which was enfilading the company on the right, killed the man on and captured the post, which contained one officer and 10 men. He then cleaned up a trench, capturing 29 prisoners and 2 machine guns.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA.

BURIAL PLACE: MOUNT THOMPSON CREMATORIUM, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.

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Bernard Sidney Gordon VC

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Gordon's medals - Memorials to Valour

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24th December 1918

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