Wallet 3 of 5 - Publications and a report relating to John Rutherford Gordon, 1964-1975

Accession Number AWM2020.22.37
Collection number PR82/067
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Papers
Physical description 108 Image/s captured
Maker Bridgland, Reginald James
Returned Services League Australia
Place made Australia, Turkey, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1964-1975
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
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Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the First World War, Interwar and Second World War service and post-war life of 250854 Wing Commander John Rutherford Gordon MC, No. 3 Initial Training School, Royal Australian Air Force, (formerly Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps), 1914-1975.

Wallet 3 of 5 - The earliest dated item in the wallet comprises a "Battle of Britain Souvenir Book 1964" published by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The book includes a 7-page article by Group Captain Henry Ross Rayner titled "Royal Australian Air Force - An Outline History", an article written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of military flight in Australia. The wallet also includes a family history booklet titled "Two Brothers" broadly relating to the Bridgland family in South Australia but in large part devoted to brothers 407405 Pilot Officer Maurice Everest Bridgland and 439425 Flying Officer Geoffrey Stokes Bridgland. Though unattributed and undated, Bridgland family members indicate the booklet was written and self-published by the older brother of the aforementioned pair, SX9824 Major Reginald James Bridgland during the mid-to-late 1960s.

The remaining items in this wallet relate to a 1975 Gallipoli tour that John Rutherford Gordon took part in. These items include a magazine titled "This Week in Turkey" No. 24 published by the Pan News Agency in Ankara on 23-30 April 1975. The magazine features coverage of activities marking the sixtieth anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Campaign. The final items comprise a report on a 1975 tour to Gallipoli organised by the Returned Services League of Australia and several related loose-leaf pages. Written by Tour Leader J.T.D Stewart and Deputy Tour Leader H.C. Newman, the report offers some background information on the tour to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the landing at Anzac Cove, and includes a summarised itinerary of significant aspects of the tour and a nominal roll of those that took part.