Biography

Birth date: 07 March 1907
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Rockingham
Death date: 19 July 1986
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Nedlands
Final rank: Private
Service number: WX2437 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/31st Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 2/31st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

015895

1943-10-01. NEW GUINEA. LAE. LEFT TO RIGHT - PTE A. SCOTT OF FITZROY, VIC; SGT J. LEWINGTON OF LEETON, NSW; SGT N. PEPPER OF COWRA, NSW; CPL E. J. SHERVEY OF BABINDA, QLD WITH SGT JIM GORDON, VC OF GIN GIN, WA. (NEGATIVE BY MILITARY HISTORY NEGATIVES).

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1943-10-01. NEW GUINEA. LAE. LEFT TO RIGHT. - SGT. J. GORDON, V.C. OF GIN GIN, W. AUSTRALIA, CAPT. F. HAYES OF BONDI N.S.W. AND PTE. A. SCOTT OF FITZROY, VICTORIA. (NEGATIVE BY MILITARY HISTORY NEGATIVES.)

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020479

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-08-30. PERSONNEL WAITING OUTSIDE THE 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION FIELD CASH OFFICE, FROM THE LEFT :- SERGEANT F.R. WAKELIN, LANCE CORPORAL E.G. SPRATT, SERGEANT B.A. TASSELL, CAPTAIN D.C. GREEN, LIEUTENANT S. FOX, STAFF SERGEANT J.H. GORDON AND SERGEANT F.B. MATTHEWS. WARRANT...

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021195

SYRIA. 1941-10-30. WX2437 CORPORAL JAMES HEATHER GORDON OF THE 2/31ST INFANTRY BATTALION, WHO WON THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN THE JEZZINE AREA ON THE 1941-07-10. DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

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021196

SYRIA. 1941-10-30. WX2437 CORPORAL JAMES HEATHER GORDON OF THE 2/31ST INFANTRY BATTALION, WHO WON THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN THE JEZZINE AREA ON THE 1941-07-10, DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

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021197

SYRIA. 1941-10-30. WX2437 CORPORAL JAMES HEATHER GORDON OF THE 2/31ST INFANTRY BATTALION, WHO WON THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN THE JEZZINE AREA ON THE 1941-07-10, DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

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021197A

SYRIA. 1941-10-30. WX2437 CORPORAL JAMES HEATHER GORDON VC, OF THE 2/31ST INFANTRY BATTALION, WHO WON THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN THE JEZZINE AREA ON THE 1941-07-10, DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

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SYRIA, 1941-10-30. WX2437 CORPORAL J.H. GORDON. VC, OF THE 2/31ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, WORKING IN A TRENCH.

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021515

SYRIA. 1941-11. BRIGADIER E.C.P. PLANT, COMMANDER OF THE 25TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, PINNING THE VICTORIA CROSS RIBBON ON CORPORAL J.H. GORDON.

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010578

1941-11. PRIVATE J.H. GORDON, V.C. AND HIS WIFE (FORMERLY MISS M. TROY) TO WHOM HE WAS MARRIED IN 1940-07.

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010579

1941-11. PRIVATE J.H. GORDON, V.C. ON ENLISTMENT ANZAC DAY. 1940.

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022348

SYRIA. 1941-12. CORPORAL JIM GORDON VC, POSES FOR WILLIAM DARGIE, THE OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST.

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022350

SYRIA. 1941-12. CORPORAL JIM GORDON VC, POSES TO HAVE HIS PORTRAIT PAINTED BY WILLIAM DARGIE, AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST. DARGIE IS AT WORK ON THE ALMOST COMPLETE PORTRAIT ON THE EASEL.

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022351

SYRIA. 1941-12. CORPORAL JIM GORDON VC, AND HIS PAINTING DONE BY THE OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MR. W. DARGIE.

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069188

ADELAIDE RIVER, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA. 1944-09-04. MEMBERS OF THE 69TH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S ARMY SERVICE BARRACKS BEING SERVED WITH COLD DRINKS AT THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION WAGON. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VF345717 CORPORAL J. GORDON (1); NF451423 SIGNALWOMAN E. MOBBS (2);...

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ADELAIDE RIVER, NORTHER TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-13. VF345717 CORPORAL J. GORDON (1), AND SF84185 SIGNALWOMAN A. STEELES, (2), TAKING A BOW DURING CONCERT REHEARSALS AT THE 69TH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S ARMY SERVICE BARRACK.

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085270

RAVENSHOE AREA, QLD. 1944-12-25. LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE J MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 1 CORPS, (5), BEING INTRODUCED TO OFFICERS OF BRIGADE HQ AT HQ 24 INFANTRY BRIGADE BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL T H SCOTT, ADM COMD, 24 INF BDE, (4). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR H B STANILAND, (1);...

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100637

Portrait of Private James Heather Gordon VC, 2/31st Infantry Battalion, from Gin Gin, WA. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for action on 1941-07-10 near Jezzine (Djezzine), Syria.

100637

P00595.017

GREEN HILLS TRIG. STATION, NSW, 1910-01. OFFICERS DISCUSSING MILITARY MANOEUVRES. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN ROBERT SANDS BEHIND CAPTAIN HORE-RUTHVEN (LATER LORD GOWRIE); GENERAL JOHN C. HOAD; LORD KITCHENER; COLONEL KIRKPATRICK; BRIGADIER-GENERAL J. GORDON. (DONOR: R. A. SANDS)

P00595.017

P00193.002

INGLEBURN, NSW, 1943. GROUP PORTRAIT OF 2ND ARMY WOMEN'S SERVICES TRAINING BATTALION. BACK ROW, FROM LEFT: LIEUTENANT W. DAWKINS; LT S. CHILDERS; LT B. DONKIN, AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE, (AAMWS); UNKNOWN (YWCA). MIDDLE ROW: LT M. WINES; LT A. STOREY; LT M. MAXWELL; LT J. GORDON...

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P01011.061

VIETNAM, 1972-12-18. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY TRAINING TEAM VIETNAM (AATTV) LEFT VIETNAM BY RAAF HERCULES AIRCRAFT SHORTLY AFTER DAWN. BRIGADIER I. A. GEDDES, COMMANDING AUSTRALIAN ARMY ASSISTANCE GROUP VIETNAM (COMAAAGV) FAREWELLS WARRANT OFFICER 2 J. GORDON, REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR OF AATTV....

P01011.061

Art

Corporal Jim Gordon

William Dargie was commissioned to paint the portrait 'Corporal Jim Gordon' [5900231 (WX2437)], shortly after Gordon was awarded the Victoria Cross. Born in Western Australia in 1909, James Gordon, a private in the 2nd Australian Imperial Force, received his VC for his actions at Greenhill, north...

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Film

VC hero decorated (Cinesound News No. 570)

Extract from Cinesound newsreel No. 570. The late 402263 Pilot Officer Ronald Wilkins Taylor, awarded Distinguished Flying medal presented to next of kin Mrs D F Taylor. WX2437 Corporal James Heather Gordon of Western Australia, awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). Lord Gowrie hands over the awards.

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Heraldry

Colour patch : Sergeant J H Gordon, 2/31 Battalion, AIF

Colour patch of 2/31 Infantry Battalion AIF, showing a circle horizontally divided black over red, on a grey circular background.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1907-03-07
Date of death 1986-07-19