Gordon, Varley Claude (Private, b.1915 - d.1990)


Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX71536 Private Varley Claude Gordon, 9 Division Supply Column, Second Australian Imperial Force, Australia and the Middle East, 1941-1943; 2006.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one transcript of diary of Private Varley Claude Gordon, containing entries dated between 31 August 1941 and 28 February 1943, [location of original diary is unknown]. It covers the period of Private Gordon’s embarkation and service in the Middle East. In his entries, Private Gordon writes about embarking in Sydney, disembarking in Egypt, settling in a camp in Palestine, completing training drills, having leave in Jerusalem, writing letters to loved ones, hearing news of the war in the Pacific, doing guard duty, Christmas celebrations, receiving letters and parcels, settling in a camp in Syria, transporting wounded and sick men in an ambulance, having two operations, recovering at a convalescent depot, meeting old acquaintances, moving to the front line at El Alamein, transporting ammunition, being targeted by enemy air raids, witnessing air battles, hearing heavy artillery fire, updates on activity on the front line at El Alamein, dust storms, being withdrawn to Palestine, doing transport work, and returning to Australia. This transcript also contains pages of additional information included by the compiler of the transcript, Kevin Rose.

History / Summary

Private Varley Claude Gordon enlisted to the Second Australian Imperial Force on 20 March 1941. After several months of training, he was posted to 9 Division Supply Column and embarked for service in the Middle East in September 1941. Private Gordon served as a truck and ambulance driver in Palestine, Syria, and Egypt. Notably, he served in the battles of El Alamein, transporting artillery and supplies to the Australian forces. In early 1943, Private Gordon returned to Australia. He went on to serve with 2/3 Field Ambulance in New Guinea. Private Gordon was discharged on 4 January 1946.