World War One Remembered: George Gordon

Posted: 26/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

George Gordon joined the 14th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in 1915. In the Spring of 1916 the Battalion left for France posted to sector where the Battle of Loos had taken place in 1915. The Battalion engaged the enemy at a hamlet called Hulloch where a fierce battle ensued. He recalled seeing many kilts hanging on the barbed wire from that battle.

In late 1917, the battalion engaged the enemy at Bourlon Wood during the first Battle of Cambrai. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties and Geirge was awarded the Military Medal for recovering many of his wounded comrades back to the line under heavy fire.

In May 1918, George was wounded during a raid on German positions. He was sent to a military hospital at Le Treport where he met a young welsh girl, Ann Gwladys Rhys, serving in the Voluntary Aid Detachment. A brief courtship blossomed until George returned to active service.

He joined the 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and fought at the Fifth Battle of Flanders in 1918. He experienced a lucky escape during this battle when his company was decimated from 150 to 25 men. They were relieved by an English Unit and withdrew only 10 minutes before a further German offensive was launched which would have certainly wiped them out.

George was demobilised in 1919 and, after two days in Forfar, travelled to Wales to ask Thomas Rhys for his daughter’s hand in marriage. 

George married Ann Gwladys Rhys in September 1919.