Pte. George Gordon
Australian Expeditionary Force
George Gordon was born on 17 February 1888 at Pitmedden, Torphins, son of John Gordon, Farmer and Georgina Ingram, who had married at Oldmachar Aberdeen in 1878. The family appears in the 1891 census living at Pitmedden Farm, Craigmyle. John Gordon is said to have been born in the parish, and his wife came from Banffshire. In 1891 there were six children, of whom George was the second youngest, and John’s mother Mary and two servants lived with them. By 1901 George had two more brothers William and Robert then aged 8 and 6.
Gordon sailed for Australia from London on board the “Durham” on 27 June 1911, as one of a large gang of “railway workers” which included William Bews (see above) who was also to become a casualty of the war. They were born only weeks apart and it seems likely that at the very least they knew one another. Work was about to begin on the construction of the trans-
Gordon gave the name of his mother, still residing at Pitmedden, as his next of kin on enlistment, as a volunteer, at Mount Gambier South Australia on 6 March 1916. The enlistment papers give his occupation as “Farm labourer” and he was then 27 years old. He was appointed to B Company 2nd Depot Battalion, then 50th Battalion of the A.I.F. and shipped to Tel-
On 24 April 1918 German forces captured the village of Villers-