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 William James Gordon

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William James Gordon

West African Wars Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Lance Corporal in the West India Regiment, British Army. During an assault on fortified position at Toniataba Gambia, West Africa on March 13, 1892, Lance Corporal Gordon was part of a 12 man party whom were trying, with a heavy beam, to break down the south gate of the compound. Suddenly a number of musket-muzzles appeared through a double row of loopholes, some of them being only a few yards from the officer in command's back. Lance Corporal Gordon with complete disregard for his our life, threw himself between the officer and the muskets, pushing the officer out of the way, with himself being wounded. For most distinguished service, he was promoted to Sergeant and awarded the Victoria Cross in December 1892.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 6 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7333794
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William James Gordon (19 May 1864–15 Aug 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7333794, citing Kingston Military Cemetery, Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica ; Maintained by Find A Grave .