William Eagleson Gordon
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|William Eagleson Gordon|
Colonel W. E. Gordon (1914)
|Born||4 May 1866
Bridge of Allan, Scotland
|Died||10 March 1941 (aged 74)
|Buried||St Alban's Churchyard, Hindhead|
|Unit||The Gordon Highlanders|
Second Boer War
World War I
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Colonel William Eagleson Gordon VC CBE (4 May 1866 – 10 March 1941) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He is the older brother of Archibald Alexander Gordon, who received the Legion of Honour and Order of Leopold.
Gordon was 34 years old, and a captain in the 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place near Krugersdorp, South Africa for which he (together with Captain David Reginald Younger) were awarded the VC:
On the 11th July, 1900, during the action near Leehoehoek (or Doornbosch Fontein), near Krugersdorp, a party of men, accompanied by Captains Younger and Allan, having succeeded in dragging an artillery waggon under cover when its horses were unable to do so by reason of the heavy and accurate fire of the enemy, Captain Gordon called for volunteers to go out with him to try to bring in one of the guns. He went put alone to the nearest gun under a heavy fire, and with the greatest coolness fastened a drag-rope to the gun and then beckoned to the men, who immediately doubled out to join him in accordance with his previous instructions. While moving the gun, Captain Younger and three men were hit. Seeing that further attempts would only result in further casualties, Captain Gordon ordered the remainder of the party under cover of the kopje again, and, having seen the wounded safely away, himself retired. Captain Gordon's conduct, under a particularly heavy and most! accurate fire at only 850 yards range, was most admirable, and his manner of handling his men most masterly; his devotion on every occasion that his Battalion has been under fire has been remarkable.
Gordon was reported as missing in the War Budget magazine from the Daily Chronicle on Saturday, September 19, 1914.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)