Gordon, James

Gordon, James


No. 17729 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Sunday 22 February 1920 (aged 27)


Not known


Holywood and District War Memorial

Brother of Ex-Rifleman Thomas Gordon (No. 17730)


James Gordon was born on 14 December 1892 in Knocknagoney and he was a son of George and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gordon (nee Wilkinson) who were married on 22 June 1880 in St Mary’s Church of Ireland Church, Newry.  George Gordon (aged 21) of High Street, Newry was a son of William Gordon, a labourer.  Elizabeth Wilkinson (aged 19) of Queen Street, Newry was a daughter of William Wilkinson, a labourer.

George Gordon worked as a coachman, groom and domestic servant and he and Elizabeth had at least nine children including:

Margaret (born 2 June 1881 at 14 Upper Cowan Street, Newry)

William (born 25 December 1882 in Corrinshigo, Newry)

George (born 29 September 1884 in Carnagat, Newry)

John (born 23 April 1887 in Doran’s Hill, Newry)

James (born 14 December 1892 in Knocknagoney)

Thomas (born 19 December 1895 in Knocknagoney)

Leonard (born 18 January 1898 in Cultra)

Frederick (born 8 February 1900 in Dalchoolin, Cultra)

The Gordon family lived in Newry before moving to Holywood.

John, James and Thomas Gordon all worked as farm servants and grooms.

James Gordon was 22 years and 9 months old and working as a groom when he enlisted on 14 September 1914 in Holywood.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 8¼ inches tall with a sallow complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  He had a mole in the centre of the small of his back.

Rifleman James Gordon (No. 17729) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

James Gordon and Maria Stewart were married on 21 September 1915 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.  James Gordon (aged 24), a Rifleman from Craigavad was a son of George Gordon, a stud groom.  Maria Stewart (aged 23) from Bangor was a daughter of Robert Stewart, a shipbuilder.

Rifleman James Gordon (No. 17729) was discharged from the Army on 26 July 1919.

Ex-Rifleman James Gordon (No. 17729) died of nephritis at The Lodge, Dalchoolin, Ballycultra on 22 February 1920 (aged 27).  His brother William Gordon of Clarkhill, Annsborough was with him when he died.

Ex-Rifleman James Gordon (No. 17729) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial (as J. Gordon).