Private Robert John Gordon, 6th Bn Black Watch

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Private Robert John Gordon 5233, 6th Battalion Black Watch (previously Scottish Horse Regiment)

Also documented as John Robert Gordon.

Robert John Gordon was born at Ruthwell, Dunfrieshire on the 14th May 1893.  His father was a land worker and he had seven brothers and sister.  Prior to enlisting he was employed as a forester on the Scone Estates.  He enlisted in the Scottish Horse Regiment on the 17th August 1914 and saw service in Gallipoli.  Robert contracted enteric fever (typhoid) and was invalided, first to Malta and later back to England.  He transferred to the Black Watch and sailed for France in August 1916.  Private Robert John Gordon was killed at Beaumont Hamel on 13th November 1916.  He was 23 years of age.  Robert was awarded the Victory and British War medals.


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