William Gordon, MM



Jul 7, 1891

Born at Liverpool England


May 8, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Belleville Ontario 

Ø      Number 454640

Ø      Next of kin given as Trevor Ball (uncle) of Vancouver British Columbia

o       This was subsequently changed to read Micheal Doherty of 113 Iberville St., Montreal Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Boiler Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

On enlistment, proceeded to Camp Borden Ontario


Nov 18, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp 

Provisional rank of Lance Cpl confirmed


Jul 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Aug 10, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 21st Battalion


Aug 12, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion 

Reverts to rank of Pte


Aug 29, 1916

Arrived at 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Sep 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just come out of the line after suffering heavy losses fighting at the Somme


Jan 17, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl with pay


Jan 26, 1917

Granted 10 days leave 

Granted permission to marry 

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. Florence May Gordon (wife)


Feb 9, 1917

At duty from leave


Apr 14, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt HK Roblin who was wounded in the attack at Vimy Ridge


May 19, 1917

Presented his Military Medal by Gen Sir Julian Byng


Jul 9, 1917

Award of the Military Medal announced in London Gazette #30172

This was for his actions during the attack at Vimy Ridge


Aug 15, 1917

Killed In Action



Because his body was never identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France


Jun 23, 1921

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to his widow, Mrs. F Sheppard (nee Gordon) at 95 Millbank St., Northam, Southampton England 

Ø      Military Medal

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque

Ø      Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of William Gordon being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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