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Born: 1895, Manchester
Died: 26 March 1918
Buried: Dernan Court Communal Cemetery Extension
Address: 10 Kendall Square, Windhill
Parents: Robert
Spouse: Ethel, nee Connor
Siblings: Samuel, Alexander, Margaret
Occupation: Spring maker, Hodgson’s, loom manufacturer, Frizinghall
Organisations/clubs: Windhill Wesleyan Church
Military
Rank: Cpl
Medals/awards:
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill
Children:
Regiment: 2 Dragoon Guards
John William Gordon
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John William Gordon was the second of four children of Scot Robert Gordon. John was born in Manchester but by the 1911 census he was living at 70 Crag Road, Windhill with his widowed father, brothers Samuel and Alexander and sister Margaret. On 19 April 1918, the Shipley Times & Express carried this report of John’s death: L Cpl J W Gordon, Dragoon Guards of 10 Kendall Square, Windhill, who was married about seven months ago to Miss Ethel Connor of 7 View Croft, Shipley, is officially reported to have died of wounds on 26th March. Aged 23, he was a Regular, having been in the army since he was 16 years of age and he had been through all the big battles in this war, including Mons Previous to enlisting he worked at Hodgson’s Foundry, Valley Road, Frizinghall and was connected with the Windhill Wesleyan Church. The rest of the report underlines how connected so many of the local families were by the anxiety of having men at war:
His brother, Pte Samuel Gordon, R.A.M.C. was in the Territorials and was mobilised at the outset and went to the front in April 1915. Their four brothers-in-law are with the colours: Driver C Outhwaite, West Yorkshire Regt of 7 View Croft, Shipley, was in the Territorials and has been on active service since April 1915. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Baildon Combing Co and was mobilised at the outbreak of war. He was connected with the Shipley Parish Church. Able Seaman Charles Turner, H.M.S. City of London, who is
serving in Chinese waters, is 33 years of age and has served abroad two years, enlisting in March 1915. Prior to this he worked for C F Taylor & Co, Shipley. He lived at 4 Hargreaves Street, Shipley and was connected with the Shipley Parish Church. Drummer J McLaren, West Yorks Regt, also of 7 View Croft, has been with the colours since February 1915 and has been at the front twice, having been wounded on 3rd July 1916 and invalided home with blood poisoning in September 1917. He is now at Ripon. He has three brothers with
the colours. He also worked for C F Taylor & Co and was connected with Shipley Parish Church. Pte George Kendall, Leeds Rifles, whose wife and two children live at 6 Albion Street, Shipley, is missing, having been last heard of on 18th March. He has been at the front for two years and was in Egypt previously. Aged 39, he worked at the Baildon Woolcombing Co prior to enlisting on 14th February 1915 and was connected with Woodbottom Moravian Church. His brother, Driver Arthur Kendall, is on active service.
Christchurch RoH Christchurch RoH Christchurch RoH L-R: John William Gordon; C Outhwaite, Charles Turner, J McLaren, George Kendall, Arthur Kendall