Private James Gordon

Service number 1130
Birth Date 1900-12-10
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Death Date 1916-07-19
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 29th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John Gordon (1130, 29th Battalion) was born in Collingwood, Victoria, on 19 September 1900. He enlisted in July 1915 under the name of James Gordon giving his occupation as yardman. John’s father gave his consent for enlistment writing “I hope that you will do the best you can for him”. John disembarked in France in June 1916 and only one month later he was reported missing, after the battle of Fromelles, 19/20 July 1916. John’s name appeared on a German death listed dated 4 November 1916. His identification disc was received from Germany in March 1917 with no information other than that the soldier was deceased. John was officially listed as killed in action in France on 19 July 1916 and is commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France. He was 15 years 10 months. John’s brother, William Lewis Gordon, tried to enlist in March 1915 but was discharged because of his age.



Date of birth 10 December 1900
Date of enlistment 26 July 1915
Date of embarkation 10 November 1915
Date of death 19 July 1916
Date of fate 19 July 1916