Bernard Sidney (Bernie) GORDON VC, MM

GORDON, Bernard Sidney

Service Number: 23
Enlisted: 27 September 1915, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 16 August 1891
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Daloraine & Devonport Schools
Occupation: Cooper's Machinist (Dairy Farmer post-war)
Died: Natural causes (pulmonary tuberculosis), Torquay, Queensland, 19 October 1963, aged 72 years
Cemetery: Queensland Garden Of Remembrance (within Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery)
Cremation - Memorial Location: Wall 3/Row G.
Memorials: Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Townsville, Queensland
18 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 23, 41st Infantry Battalion
18 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 23, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
8 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 23, 41st Infantry Battalion
19 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Biography

"Sidney "Bernie" Gordon was born at Launceston, Tasmania, and enlisted in the AIF in September 1915. He soon showed that he had considerable courage and initiative, although he was not always a model soldier when out of the line. He was first wounded in France in October 1917, and in August 1918 his conduct beyond Le Hamel earned him the Military Medal. Less than three weeks later, 26 27 August 1918, came the action for which he received the Victoria Cross.

During an attack to advance the Australian line towards Fargny Wood, Gordon assaulted an enemy machine-gun post, then cleaned up a trench, capturing 29 prisoners and two more machine-guns. In further actions he cleared other trenches, in all capturing 63 of the enemy and six machine-guns. He provided "a wonderful example of fearless initiative".

Gordon was wounded a few days later, and the award of the Victoria Cross was announced while he was in hospital. Returning to Australia, he became a Queensland dairy farmer and father of nine children. He died at Torquay, Queensland, at the age of 72.

Gordon was awarded the Victoria Cross, Military Medal, service medals for the First World War and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au) 

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