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|Also known as:||Gordon, William Matthew Alexander|
|Place of Birth:||Adelaide (S.A.)|
|Next of Kin:||Rose Amelia Gordon – Wife ; Kensington Road, Rose Park, S.A.|
|Biographical notes:||William was born, one of two boys, on 24 November 1881 in the Glenelg area of Adelaide to William Gordon and his wife Agnes (nee Cunningham). He was educated at the Christian Brothers College. After he left school, William was associated with racing in South Australia, first as a rider and later as a trainer and owner. William joined the South Australian Police Force on 1 November 1903 having returned from the Boer War in South Africa. As a member of the South Australian Police Force, he transferred to the Northern Territory on 1 June 1904 for a period of five years. William contracted malaria in the Territory during this period as a mounted constable. He was stationed at Palmerston from May until July 1907; at Borroloola on 1 August 1907 until 13 February 1908; Anthony’s Lagoon Station from 13 February 1908 until 12 November 1908. William is reported to have been at Powell’s Creek Police Station in August 1908. William transferred back to South Australia on the 8th November 1909. He married Rose Amelia Harrison on 6 August 1912 at Norwood in South Australia. He left the police force to enlist in the First World War and remained on staff duty for 12 months after the war finished. On his return to civilian life, William worked as a surveyor for the Railways Department and in 1924 transferred to Victoria with his survey work. He died in Melbourne in 1939.|
|Occupation:||Colt breaker / Surveyor Railway Department|
|Date of Enlistment:||28-Sep-1915|
|Age at Enlistment:||36|
|Place of Enlistment:||Adelaide (S.A.)|
|Unit:||9th Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Date of Death:||1939-11|
|Place of Death:||Melbourne (Vic.)|
|Service History:||William spent 12 months with the Australian Light Horse in South Africa. He enlisted in 1915 with his unit embarking from Adelaide on board RMS ‘Mongolia’ on 13 July 1916. William transferred as a trooper to the Eleventh Company of the Third Battalion Imperial Camel Corps in Palestine on 1st September 1916. It was during his period with the Camel Corps that he was hospitalised first with diphtheria and then dysentery and other infections. The 13th / 3rd Regiment's of the Australian Light Horse was then formed from the Australian cameleers. William transferred to the 13th / 3rd Regiment and served with it until the 25th of May 1918 when he was appointed acting Sergeant on the instructional staff of the Australian Light Horse. He returned to Australia on 15 February 1919 on board HT ‘Berrima’ and was discharged unfit on 6 April 1919. William was living on Kensington Rd, Rose Park in South Australia when he received his medals on 3 April 1924.|
|Related link:||Embarkation Roll|
Langley, George Furner, Sand, sweat and camels : Kilmore, Vic. : Lowden Publishing, 1976.
NT Police Museum and Historical Society
"Police", The Register, 27 September 1919: p.4.
With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War by Thomas Henry Darley. East Sussex : Naval & Military Press, 2009.
"Obituary", The Advertiser, 20 November 1939: p.8.
Unit War Diary - 9th Australian Light Horse
Unit War Diary - 3rd ANZAC Battalion, Imperial Camel Corp
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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