Gordon Holmes ROBERTSON


ROBERTSON, Gordon Holmes

Service Number: 378
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Toowoomba, QLD
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 1885
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School, Gatton Agricultural College
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Died of wounds - abdomen, Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 13 May 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gatton Agricultural College HR, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Toowoomba Club, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 In Memoriam Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St Stephen's Church WWI Memorial Tablet, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 378, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Toowoomba, QLD
24 Sep 1914: Involvement Private, SN 378, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
24 Sep 1914: Embarked Private, SN 378, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
13 May 1915: Involvement Trooper, SN 378, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of James Holmes Robertson and Annie Campbell Robertson of Toowoomba, NSW. Next of kin later given as his brother James Campbell of Taylor Street, Toowoomba, QLD

The awfulness of war is being impressed upon us all daily as we receive the casualty lists and the names there in, given include those whom we have known closely and many have loved. Following upon the sad news of Major Graham's death comes news of the death of Private Gordon Robertson, brother of Major Cam Robertson, of Toowoomba. As fine and genuine a young man as ever breathed, Gordon promptly volunteered upon the out break of the war, denying himself many advantages he enjoyed and sacrificing large private interests in and around Toowoomba. Like numerous other plucky lads, Gordon did not need urging to go forth for his country, for he was not of the shirker stamp, and his offer was promptly accepted. He left with the 2nd. Light Horse, together with many other Toowoomba boys, his tent mates being five other local boys. To them his death will be a terrible blow. Gordon was the best beloved of all, his unselfish nature and manly character winning all who knew him. The 2nd. Light Horse only landed in the. Dardanelles on the 12th and since that time they have done their share of fighting for the losses have been heavy. Gordon Robertson was a native of Toowoomba, and about 30 years of age. His brother, Major Robertson, was reported wound ed some weeks ago, but has now recovered. Mrs. R. G. Wonderley and Miss Robertson are sisters of the brave lad who has added his name to the foil of honour. Gordon was so named by his parents in honour of General Gordon who fell at Khartoum, he having, been born just about the time that sad incident in the Empire history occurred.
At yesterday morning's service at St. Stephen's Church the Rev. Jos. Lundie made feeling reference to the death of Gordon Robertson, deceased having been a member of the Church, having attended the Sunday School from his early childhood, his father, the late J. H. Robertson, having at one time been, superintendent of the school and ruling elder of the Church. Mr, Lundie, scarcely unable to control his emotions, referred to the strong, manly and Christian character of deceased, and the splendid example he had set in going forth bravely to vindicate his country. Many of the congregation were strongly moved by the impressive references of the rev. gentleman.