Pte Campion Gerald Gordon

  • Year of birth: 1890
  • Place of birth: Minlaton, South Australia, Australia
  • Date of death: 10/10/1917
  • Place of death: Remy Siding Casualty Clearing Stations, Lijssenthoek, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
  • Age: 27
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 1920
  • Enlistment date: 15/01/1915
  • Enlistment place: Oaklands, South Australia, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 10th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

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Private Gerald Gordon Campion was 25 years old when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 15th January 1915.
The former farmer labourer lived at home in Curramulka, South Australia and was still single whenhe was assigned to the 10th Battalion AIF part of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Australian Division.

On 20th April 1915 he left Australia together with his younger brother Willie Edmund who was in the same company.

He served in Gallipoli from June until the evacuation. In April, 1916, he proceeded to France .where he remained. He had the longest service of any man in D Company.

On 9th October 1917 in the Battle of Poelcapelle, part of the Battle of Passchendaele, the 10th Battalion raided Celtic Wood at Zero Hour: 05.20.

The original party was intended to be 109 all told, but the weakness of the Battalion and casualties during the day and night preceding the attack caused the numbers to be reduced.

The Battle lasted all day and according to the witnesses in the Australian Red Cross Files, Gerald was reported to have received multiple shell wounds at about 7pm on the 9 October 1917 and died of his wounds the next day. Gerald was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium, plot XXI, row D, grave 19A.