Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Gordon, Charles James Donald Simpson

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of Robert Gordon, farmer ; born Fearn, Ross-shire, 29 January 1896. Coming to Aberdeen after a good school record at Tain Academy, he matriculated in Medicine. in 1913. At the University he soon established himself as an athlete, especially in the Harriers' Club. He joined the University Company of the 4th Gordons in 1913, and on the mobilization of his unit he proceeded with it to Bedford for active service training. He went to France with the Battalion in February, and was wounded at Hooge on 23 September 1915. After a period in Hospital and further training in Ripon he returned to the front. During the heavy fighting round High Wood in the summer of 1916, he voluntarily attempted to get information about the enemy trenches and was reported missing on 23 July 1916, and later presumed killed. His C.O. wrote of him : ''He died the death of a hero. He 'played the game' in everything and finished with a stainless character.''

Date of Death: 23 July 1916

Burial Details: Buried at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Plot 16, Row F, Grave 32.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

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