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Corporal Charles Gordon (Fearn)

4th Bn., Gordon Highlanders - Service No. 1706

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval

Corporal Charles James Donald Simpson Gordon was born at Lower Pitkerrie Fearn on 30th January 1896 to Robert Gordon, JP for the County of Ross, and Mary Jane (nee Connell). He went to Tain Royal Academy and then to Aberdeen University where he studied medicine. Charles joined the 4th Gordon Highlanders known as the University Company.

The battalion went to France in February 1915 and Charles was wounded at the battle of Hooge on 23rd September 1915. He recovered in hospital and received further training at Ripon before returning to the front. During heavy fighting around High Wood in the summer of 1916, Charles volunteered to get information on the enemy trenches. He was reported missing on 23rd July 1916 and later presumed killed.

His Commanding Officer wrote “ He died the death of a hero. He ‘played the game’ in everything and finished with a stainless character.”Corporal Gordon was 20 years old.

Remembered with Honour at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval