b. 07/03/1909 Rockingham, Western Australia. d. 24/07/1986 Hollywood, Western Australia.
Gordon was born in Rockingham, Western Australia and grew up in Gingin, Western Australia.
On 26 April 1940 Gordon understated his age and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, giving his middle name as Heather. At St Edmund’s Church of England, Wembley Park, Perth, on 14 June he married Myrtle Troy. He embarked for the Middle East in September and joined the 7th Australian Division's 2/31st Battalion (a unit formed in Queensland and Victoria) in February 1941.
In June–July 1941, the unit was engaged in the Syria-Lebanon campaign against the Vichy French. It was during the Battle of Jezzine that the following deed took place for which Gordon was awarded the VC.
On 10 July 1941 at Jezzine, Syria, Private Gordon's company was held up by intense machine-gun and grenade fire from Vichy French forces, but on his own initiative, he crept forward alone and succeeded in getting close to the machine-gun post. He then charged it and killed the four machine-gunners with his bayonet. His action demoralized the enemy in this sector and the company advanced and took the position.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA.
BURIAL PLACE: KARRAKATTA CREMATORIUM, PERTH, AUSTRALIA.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
ASHES SCATTERED ANGLICAN SECTION
Kings Park, Perth (Gary Richardson)