- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Panel: 42
Distinctions and medals
Private Alexander Gordon was born in 1891 in a small village called Keiss in Scotland. He was one of twelve children and had two children himself with his wife Euphemia, whom he married in 1912 at the age of 21. Before he enlisted in the army he worked as a grocer in Stirling. When he enlisted he joined the Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 7th Battalion, which became part of the 154th Infantry Brigade of the 51st (Highland) Division on March 1st 1916. This is indicated wrongly on the website of the Commonwealth Grave Commission where it says that he was in the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Private Gordon died on the 6th of August 1917.
From July 31st onwards, his battalion participated in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge. This attack had three objectives: the Blue line, the Black line and the Green line, the Green Line being the final objective where the best tactically defensive line covering the river Steenbeek could be placed. On Z day at Zero Hour the 152nd and 153rd Brigades of the 51st Divisions attacked and the 154th Brigade was in reserve. All three objectives were captured by these brigades on the 31st of July and on August 2nd the 154th Brigade was sent out to relieve the 152nd and 153rd Brigades. In this relief, one company of the 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was placed on an old British front line and three companies were placed on the Canal Bank.
They stayed there until the night of the 4th/5th of August when the battalion had to relieve the 9th Battalion Royal Scots in the front line in the right sub-sector C.5.c. The battalion had to stay in the front line until they were relieved on the night of the 7th/8th. On the 6th of August, the day Private Gordon was killed, the battalion was facing very active enemy artillery and shelling. There was also a lot of mist that day which delayed their own artillery because they could not clearly see the S.O.S. signals. That day three soldiers of the 7th Agyll and Sutherland Battalion were killed in action, amongst whom Private Gordon. He was 26 years old. Private Gordon is now remembered on the Menin Gate panel 42.