James Heather (Jim) GORDON VC

GORDON, James Heather

Service Numbers: 5900231, WX2437
Enlisted: 26 April 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockingham, Western Australia, 7 March 1907
Home Town: Yalgoo, Yalgoo, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Dalkeith, Western Australia, 19 July 1986, aged 79 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium
Cremated
Memorials: Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, Kokoda Track Memorial Rose Garden, North Bondi War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN 5900231, 2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
26 Apr 1940: Enlisted Private, SN WX2437, Northam, Western Australia
17 Feb 1947: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN 5900231, 2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
17 Feb 1947: Discharged Sergeant, SN WX2437, 2nd/31st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Gordon, James Hannah (Jim) (1907–1986)
by Jolyon Horner

James Hannah (Jim) Gordon (1907-1986), soldier, was born on 7 March 1907 at Rockingham, Western Australia, fifth of eight surviving children of Australian-born parents William Beattie Gordon, member (1901-11) of the Legislative Assembly and later farmer, and his wife Harriett Ann, née Scott. (Sir) John Hannah Gordon was his uncle. Jim grew up on his parents’ properties at Namban, near Moora, and (from 1917) at Gingin. Educated at local state schools, he worked as a drover, rouseabout and farmer. He was employed on the goldfields as a battery worker when World War II broke out.

On 26 April 1940 Gordon understated his age and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, giving his middle name as Heather. He was 5 ft 9 ins (175 cm) tall and of medium build, with brown eyes and dark hair. At St Edmund’s Church of England, Wembley Park, Perth, on 14 June that year he married Myrtle Anzac Troy. He embarked for the Middle East in September and joined the 2/31st Battalion in February 1941. In June-July the unit was engaged in the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French. On the night of 9-10 July Gordon’s depleted company was ordered to seize the high ground overlooking the villages of Amatour and Badarane, north of Jezzine. An enemy machine-gun post held up the advance. On his own initiative, Gordon crept forward through a hail of bullets and grenades until he was near the post. He leapt to his feet and charged it from the front, killing its four crew members with his bayonet. His action demoralised the enemy in the area and inspired his comrades to continue the attack. He was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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