Gordon, Colin

Elder son of William Edward Gordon (H, 1867-1871), of 71 Oakley Street, Chelsea and later of 55 Albert Bridge Road, London and Bertha Gordon, daughter of the Reverend George Moore. He entered his father’s old House from Temple Grove, East Sheen, and in 1911 went to Wye Agricultural College. Two years later he passed with distinction in the examination for the Surveyors’ Institute, winning the Beadle prize for agriculture.

In August 1914 he obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). After a period of garrison duty on Malta from September 1914 to January 1915, the battalion was ordered to France, and in the following March Gordon was wounded. He was promoted to Captain in June 1916. Between 31st July and November 10th 1917 the British launched a series of attacks around Ypres. Heavy rain turned the battlefield into a sea of mud, the constant bombardment destroyed the drainage system and water could not run away, shell holes were filled with water and by the time the British gained control of Passchendaele Ridge over 300,000 men had been lost. It was on August 16th 1917 in an early phase of this campaign, at Glencorse Wood, that Gordon was killed while encouraging his men to go forward to the attack. He had been mentioned in Despatches a few weeks earlier.

Gordon’s place of burial is unknown but he is commemorated on panel 52 of the Menin Gate in Ypres.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gordon
  • Forenames or initials: Colin
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1907-1911
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 6th October 1893
  • Date of Death: 16th August 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial