Captain William Eagleson Gordon V.C

London Gazette, 28th September, 1900


  "William Eagleson Gordon, Captain, Gordon Highlanders. Date of Act of Bravery: 11th July, 1900. On the 11th July, 1900, during the action near Leehoehock (or Doornboschfontein, near Krugersdorf), a party of men, accompanied by Captains Younger and Allan, having succeeded in dragging an artillery waggon when its horses were unable to do so by reason of the heavy and accurate fire of the enemy, captain Gordon called for volunteers, and with the greatest coolness fastened the drag rope to the gun, and then beckoned to the men, who immediately doubled out to join him, in accordance with his previous instructions. While moving the gun Captain Younger and three men were hit. Seeing that further attempts would only result in further casualties, Captain Gordon ordered the remainder of the party under cover of the kopje again, and, having seen the wounded safely away, himself retired. Captain Gordon`s conduct under a particularly heavy and most accurate fire at only 600 yards range was most admirable, and his manner of handling his men most masterly; his devotion on every occasion that this battalion has been under fire has been remarkable."



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