Thomas Fowler GORDON MM


GORDON, Thomas Fowler

Service Number: 1363
Enlisted: 30 October 1914, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Elie,Fifeshire, Scotland, 29 December 1887
Home Town: Willoughby, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Elie Public School, Fifeshire, Scotland
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 30 November 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 28
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, Liverpool, New South Wales
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1363, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
13 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 56th Infantry Battalion
30 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 56th Infantry Battalion
21 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 56th Infantry Battalion, GSW (chest)
30 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 56th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 29 and the son of Frank H. and Christina Fowler Gordon, of 2, Loft Cottages, Elie, Fife, Scotland.

Age on arrival in Australia 23
Age at embarkation 27
Next of kin-Mother, Mrs Christina Fowler Gordon, Toft Cottage, Elie, Fifeshire, Scotland
Enlistment date 30 October 1914
Place of enlistment Liverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment Private
3rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/20/2
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Transferred to 4th Bn, Anzac, 18 December 1915.

Transferred to 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 February 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 19 February 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 13 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Ferry Post, 13 March 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 1 April 1916; re-joined Bn, 23 April 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 12 May 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Awarded Military Medal, 9 August 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lt, 30 August 1916.

Detached to 2nd Army School of Instruction, 10 September 1916; rejoined Bn, 8 October 1916.

On leave to England, 22 November 1916; re-joined Bn from leave, 7 December 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant 9 February 1917.

Detached to Corps Infantry School, 13 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 22 June 1917.

On leave to England, 10 July 1917; re-joined Bn, 23 July 1917.

Proceeded as Advance Billeting Party, 25 July 1917; re-joined Bn, 30 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 24 November 1917 (shrapnel wound, penetrating left lung), and admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station.

NAA: B2455, GORDON Thomas Fowler

Military Medal-Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

'At PETILLON on the night of 19th July, 1916, Sergeant GORDON whilst engaged in constructing the communication trench across "NO MAN'S LAND", received orders from Captain SMYTHE, that grenades were urgently required in the forward trenches. Sergeant GORDON immediately took a party and proceeded to head of PINNEY's AVENUE dump, which was under intense shell fire, but failing to find any grenades there, he immediately went down BROMPTON AVENUE to LATES POST, and from there Sergeant GORDON with his party kept up a continuous supply of grenades, carrying two boxes at a time, right up to the occupied trenches. This work he continued to do for some eight hours, through a shell shattered Sap, and also under intense shell fire. Sergeant GORDON was largely instrumental in assisting the men to hold back the Germans while the Brigade retired later on in the morning.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184 Date: 14 December 1916


War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front