Gordon, Samuel Heslip (No. 17733)

Gordon, Samuel Heslip (Samuel)

Rifleman

No. 17733, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Monday 3 July 1916 (aged 26)

Buried:

Puchevillers British Cemetery, France (Grave I. A. 26)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel Heslip Gordon was born on 3 December 1889 in the townland of Whitespots, Newtownards and he was a son of William John and Ellen Gordon (nee Heslip) who were married on 1 February 1889 in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  William John Gordon from Whitespots was a son of William Gordon, a stonemason.  Ellen Heslip aged 19 from Whitespots was a daughter of Samuel Heslip, a farmer.

William John Gordon worked as a stone mason and he and Ellen had at least three children:

Samuel Heslip (born 3 December 1889 in Whitespots, Newtownards)

William (born 17 June 1892 in West Street, Bangor)

Sarah Heslip (born 9 February 1895 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Their mother, Ellen Gordon, died of tuberculosis in Mill Street, Newtownards on 23 August 1904 (aged 34).

Their father, William John Gordon, married Sarah Saunderson on 9 February 1905 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  Sarah Saunderson from Gransha, Newtownards was a daughter of John Saunderson, a labourer.

By the age of twelve Samuel Glover was working as a farm servant and he lived with David and Sarah Dempster (nee McCreedy) who were married on 13 January 1863 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  After David died the Dempster family moved to 44 John Street, Newtownards.

In April 1911 Samuel Gordon was unemployed and he was living with his grandmother Sarah Heslip, his aunt Elizabeth Heslip, his brother William and his sister Sarah.  Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Samuel Gordon was a member of ‘B’ Company in the Newtownards contingent of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and when he enlisted he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

On 3 July 1916 Rifleman Samuel Gordon (No. 17733) died of wounds sustained on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France.

Rifleman Samuel Gordon (No. 17733) was 26 when he died, and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour his initials are recorded as S.M.