Captain John Eyre Gisborne Gordon (71018) served in the Royal Artillery during World War Two.
John was born on 17th May 1917. He was the son of Sir Eyre Gordon (Companion of Order of Star India / Companion of Order of Indian Empire) and Lady Lilias Edith Gordon (née Lenox Napier). The family lived first at Florida Manor, Killinchy, Co. Down and then Delamont House, Killyleagh, Co. Down. The couple also had a daughter Patricia Lilias Gordon.
While in the Royal Artillery, he received a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on 28th January 1937.
Death in East Africa
He died on war service administration duties on 1st April 1941 aged 23 years old. According to his sister, John suffered extensive wounds in the early days of the war. Medics had to amputate his leg and hospital staff could not stop the bleeding.
After his death, documentation shows that Grindlay and Company Ltd. in Llandudno, attorney to Sir Eyre Gordon handled affairs. John left an estate of £2024, 16s, 2d, worth around £95,000 today.
John Eyre Gisborne Gordon’s grave is in Section 11, Row A, Grave 3 of Khartoum War Cemetery, Sudan. His headstone bears the inscription “their name liveth for evermore”.