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 William Eagleson Gordon

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William Eagleson Gordon

Birth
Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Scotland
Death 10 Mar 1941 (aged 74)
Hindhead, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Burial Hindhead, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Memorial ID 155332958 View Source
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Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. Durinf the Second Boer War he served in the British Army as a Captain in the 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders. He was awarded the VC for his bravery on July 11, 1900, during the action near Leehoehoek, near Krugersdorp, South Africa. His citation reads “A party of men, accompanied by Captains Younger and Allan, having succeeded in dragging an artillery waggon under cover when its horses were unable to do so by reason of the heavy and accurate fire of the enemy, Captain Gordon called for volunteers to go out with him to try to bring in one of the guns. He went put alone to the nearest gun under a heavy fire, and with the greatest coolness fastened a drag-rope to the gun and then beckoned to the men, who immediately doubled out to join him in accordance with his previous instructions. While moving the gun, Captain Younger and three men were hit. Seeing that further attempts would only result in further casualties, Captain Gordon ordered the remainder of the party under cover of the kopje again, and, having seen the wounded safely away, himself retired. Captain Gordon's conduct, under a particularly heavy and most accurate fire at only 850 yards range, was most admirable, and his manner of handling his men most masterly; his devotion on every occasion that his Battalion has been under fire has been remarkable”. He served in the Army until his retirement in 1923 as a Major and brevet Lieutenant Colonel.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/155332958/william-eagleson-gordon : accessed ), memorial page for William Eagleson Gordon (4 May 1866–10 Mar 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 155332958, citing St Alban's Churchyard, Hindhead, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .