George GORDON

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GORDON, George

Service Number: 1683
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Torphins, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Glencoe West, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Glencoe Soldiers Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1683, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1683, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 30 and the son of John & Georgina Gordon, 124 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen.
1891 Census: Pitmedden Farm, Craigmyle: Age 3 born Kincardine O’Neil.
1901 Census: Pitmedden 2/2/5 Age 13.

There are five Australian soldier casualties of the Great War honoured on this memorial and also a Pilot Officer of the Royal Australian Air Force  who died in WWII.

The others are:

Private WILLIAM BEWS,   493 31st Bn Australian Infantry 

Trooper JOHN WILLIAM  GAVIN, 1385 Australian Expeditionary Force, 9th Light Horse 

Lt Col JOHN ALEXANDER MILNE,  DSO 36th Bn Australian Expeditionary Force  

L/cpl JOHN THOMSON,  1273 Australian Army Medical Corps 15th Field Ambulance 

Pilot Officer WILLIAM GEORGE CRUICKSHANK, Royal Australian Air Force.

 

Kincardine O'Neil - Kincardine & Deeside District 
UKNIWM Ref No. 5854 

The people of Torphins decided to build a memorial hospital and it was named the Kincardine O'Neil Memorial Hospital. It is therefore possible that the names listed on this Kincardine O'Neil memorial are the same as those listed on the Torphins monument.

The Kincardine O'Neil war memorial is a rustic granite pillar with a pinkish hue set on a pedestal with an inverted sword carved in shallow relief on the face of the pillar. The pedestal is set into a rough cairn of tumbled boulders. The commemoration and names of the dead are listed on dressed granite tablets set into the face of the pedestal. 
The monument stands in gardens by the roadside of the A93 in the village. 

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