William Elliot GORDON

Regimental number23/1646
Date of birth1885
Place of birthWhangarei
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Douglas Gordon, Abbott's Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Place of enlistmentTrentham
Rank on embarkationRifleman
Unit nameNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1915, 3rd Reinforcements of 1st Battalion, E Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT 38 Tahiti on 8 January 1916
Final rankCorporal
Final unit2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsTyne Cot Memorial (New Zealand Apse, Panel No 3), Zonnebeke, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Douglas and Susannah Gordon, 28 Abbott's Road, Mount Eden, Auckland

Military Medal

'British front Neuve Eglise sector opposite Messines - 24th March 1917. Under cover of an intense artillery and Winnenwerfer bombardment, lasting from 4am till 5.10am on the above date, the enemy raided a portion of our front line, about the Wulverghem - Wytscaete Road. Out of a raiding party estimated about 90. Six of the enemy managed to make an entrance, the remainder of them being driven back by Lewis Gun fire and bombs. The men of the 2nd Otago Battalion holding the line displayed the greatest gallantry, endurance and devotion to duty in sticking in their posts under the severest bombardment and driving the enemy back. Corporal W.E. Gordon, a Lewis Machine Gunner, was the first to observe the enemy coming across "No Man's Land". He immediately gave the alarm and turned his gun on the enemy. Throughout the whole bombardment he displayed the greatest coolness, self composure and bravery, he set a splendid example to his men, showing great initiatve and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'London Gazette'
Date: 11 May 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 12/2023 Pte Robert Hamilton GORDON, 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Wellington, 8 January 1916; disembarked Suez, 8 February 1916.

Transferred to 2nd Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, Moascar Camp, 10 March 1916, and posted to 14th Company.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 9 April 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal (unpaid), in the field, 8 September 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 26 September 1916.

Wounded in action, 1 October 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 15th Corps Collecting Station, and transferred same day to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 2 October 1916; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 11 October 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 14 October 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 October 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 14 March 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 20 June 1917.

Killed in action, 12 October 1917.

War service: 1 year 359 days (of which 1 year 278 days was abroad)

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 16, p. 3
Archives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 16787398