Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: James H. Gordon (Australia)

"On the night of July 10, 1941, during an attack on "Greenhill," North of Djezzine, Private Gordon's Company came under intense machine gun fire and its advance was held up. Movement even by single individuals became almost impossible, one officer and two men being killed and two men wounded in the effort to advance. The enemy machine gun position, which had brought the two forward platoons to a halt, was fortified and completely covered the area occupied by our forces. Private Gordon, on his own initiative, crept forward over an area swept by machine gun and grenade fire and succeeded in approaching close to the post; he then charged it from the front and killed the four machine gunners with the bayonet. His action completely demoralized the enemy in this sector and the Company advanced and took the position. During the remainder of the action that night and on the following day Private Gordon, who has throughout the operations shown a high degree of courage,fought with equal gallantry."

From Pvt. Gordon's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on October 28, 1941.

May you be at peace,
Brian & Mel
Plaque from the memorial trail located in Gingin, Australia

Gordan Ward located in the Repatriation General Hospital, in Dew Park.

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