The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private William Gordon

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: William (aka Frank) Francis Gordon

Ancestor's date of birth: 1/12/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 05/12/1970

Cause of Death: old age

Service Number: 13

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Queensland

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided

Murray Page: 467

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 01/03/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Detail not provided

Personal Characteristics: He was born on the 1/12/1880 at Ferny Grove, Brisbane, Queensland to the parents of David & Mary Ellen GORDON. Frank Gordon claimed to be the youngest Queenslander to go to the Boer War, apart from a drummer boy.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafeking (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Frank and his brother Thomas Henry (Harry) Gordon both went to the Boer War. When Frank and Harry Gordon returned from the Boer War, they selected adjacent properties at Cedarton, when Durundur Station was thrown open for closer settlement. Frank also bought 2 properties at Conondale and put share farmers on them. He was a top cattle and horseman, and owned several race horses, some of which won important races in Brisbane. Frank died a few days after his 90th birthday, after spending his last day at the races. .

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Colin Victor GREENSILL, Bracken Ridge QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Nephew


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