Lance Corporal Bernard Sidney Gordon

Service number 23
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Private
Birth Date 16 August 1891
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Launceston
Death Date 19 October 1963
Death Place Australia: Queensland, Torquay
Final Rank Lance Corporal
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-26
Published in London Gazette in 1919-01-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Description

Sidney "Bernie" Gordon was born at Launceston, Tasmania, and enlisted in the AIF in September 1915. He soon showed that he had considerable courage and initiative, although he was not always a model soldier when out of the line. He was first wounded in France in October 1917, and in August 1918 his conduct beyond Le Hamel earned him the Military Medal. Less than three weeks later, 26 27 August 1918, came the action for which he received the Victoria Cross.

During an attack to advance the Australian line towards Fargny Wood, Gordon assaulted an enemy machine-gun post, then cleaned up a trench, capturing 29 prisoners and two more machine-guns. In further actions he cleared other trenches, in all capturing 63 of the enemy and six machine-guns. He provided "a wonderful example of fearless initiative".

Gordon was wounded a few days later, and the award of the Victoria Cross was announced while he was in hospital. Returning to Australia, he became a Queensland dairy farmer and father of nine children. He died at Torquay, Queensland, at the age of 72.

Gordon was awarded the Victoria Cross, Military Medal, service medals for the First World War and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    41st Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lance Corporal
    London Gazette
    24 January 1919 on page 1251 at position 96
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 896 at position 135
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    41st Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lance Corporal
    London Gazette
    26 December 1918 on page 15118 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 877 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    41st Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    41st Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private
  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private

Timeline

Date of birth 16 August 1891
Date of embarkation 18 May 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 12 August 1918
Date of honour or award 27 August 1918 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Fargny Wood, east of Bray, France whilst serving with 41 Battalion, 11 Brigade, 3 Division as a Lance Corporal.
Date of recommendation honour or award 17 September 1918
Date of death 19 October 1963