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Edinburgh City Police - Officers who served in WW1 - (G)   *An asterisk denotes that this officer began his police service with Leith Burgh Police or in that part of Midlothian Constabulary that became part of Edinburgh City Police after 2 November, 1920. 

The British War Medal, Victory Medal and King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911 awarded to PC 369 C William Gordon

Edinburgh City Police

 

British War Medal

Victory Medal

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911

 

PC 369 C William Gordon

 

William Gordon was born in Latheron in the County of Caithness, Scotland on 12 June 1884. His father was Alexander Gordon, a Crofter and Fisherman and Isabella Adamson or Gordon.

 

On 21 November, 1905, William Gordon joined Edinburgh City Police (ECP) as PC 369 C, stationed in the Southside, possibly at the Pleasance or Braid Place Police Stations.

 

He attested for the Household Battalion, an Infantry Battalion of the Household Cavalry on 25 November 1915 but he was not mobilized until 12 July 1917 when he and 25 other police officers from ECP were called up. PC 395 C James Craig's name was struck out of the list and presumably did not resign that day.

 

The full list of ECP officers called up on that day is shown below:

 

“A” Division

PC 24 John Laing

PC 47 James Naismith

 

PC 118 Roderick McRae

PC 132 Joseph Brady

 

PC 158 Andrew Clark

PC 164 James Kinnear

 

 

 

“B” Division

PC 215James Clark

PC 228 George Burchill

 

PC 232 Argyll Kerr

PC 202 George Machray

 

PC 287 Allan McLean

PC 300 Alexander Cameron

 

 

 

“C” Division

PC 362 Hance Gates

PC 369 William Gordon

 

PC 356 George Irvine

PC 390 Alexander Dunnet

 

PC 395 James Craig

PC 415 David Shaw

 

PC 419 William Robertson

 

 

 

 

“D” Division

PC 467 William Davidson

PC 469 John MacDonald

 

PC 474 William Webster

PC 490 Angus Macpherson

 

PC 524 William Fairie

PC 529 Andrew Henderson

 

PC 543 David McKie

 

 

Just before then on 15 June 1917, at 16 Springvalley Terrace, Edinburgh, William Gordon married Jessie Mackay.

 

On 13 July 1917, he was posted as Trooper 3333 in the Household Battalion Reserve.

 

Pictures of the Household Battalion Reserve training in Richmond Park, London can be seen below.

 

On 3 December that year, he was posted to the 1st Household Battlion and transferred to the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France from the same date.

 

On 25 January 1918, still in France, he was transferred to the Scots Guards as Private No. 17216.

 

William Gordon suffered a gun shot wound (GSW) to his head and was killed in action on 13 March 1918.

 

He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, 4 miles north west of Arras, France.

 

I believe this soldier of the Household Battalion wearing a Police Coronation Medal ribbon, 1911, is William Gordon.
The reverse of PC Gordon's British War Medal, Victory Medal and King George V Coronation Medal
The British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3333 Trooper W. Gordon, Household Battalion and the King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal, 1911 named to PC W. Gordon
Household Battalion Reserve training in Richmond Park in November 1916. (Picture courtesy of Household Cavalry Museum & Archive, Combermere Barrracks, Windsor).
The Household Battalion cap badge (58 mm x 32 mm)
Household Battalion Reserve training in Richmond Park in November 1916. (Picture courtesy of Household Cavalry Museum & Archive, Combermere Barrracks, Windsor).

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