Private James Heather Gordon

Service number WX2437
Birth Date 1907-03-07
Birth Place Australia: Western Australia, Rockingham
Death Date 1986-07-19
Death Place Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Nedlands
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Army
Unit 2/31st Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1941-10-28

Jim Gordon (1907-1986) had enlisted in 1940 aged 33. In Syria his infantry company was ordered to capture a Vichy French-held feature but became pinned down by intense machine-gun fire from a strongly fortified position. Gordon crawled close to the enemy post and then launched a solo attack with rifle and bayonet. After this, the company was able to take the objective.

Gordon later served in Papua and New Guinea. He joined the Australian Regular Army after the war. Even after his retirement as a warrant officer in 1968, he continued to work at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Western Australia. "I always liked the army life," he once said.



Date of birth 07 March 1907
Date of death 19 July 1986