No. 17730 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Sunday 18 October 1925 (aged 29)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Brother of Ex-Rifleman James Gordon (No. 17729)
Thomas Gordon was born on 19 December 1895 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.
Thomas Gordon was 19 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 7 inches tall with a pale complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He was a son of George and Elizabeth Gordon and his address was Dalchoolin, Craigavad.
Rifleman Thomas Gordon (No. 17730) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached to the 63rd Brigade Group and went to France on 3 October 1915. In November 1915 he was hospitalised with a septic foot.
Rifleman Thomas Gordon (No. 17730) was discharged from the Army on 24 May 1919.
Ex-Rifleman Thomas Gordon (No. 17730) died of tuberculosis at The Lodge, Dalchoolin, Ballycultra on 18 October 1925 (aged 29). His brother William Gordon of Clarkhill, Annsborough was with him when he died.
Ex-Rifleman Thomas Gordon (No. 17730) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial (as T. Gordon). This memorial was unveiled on 28 January 1922, so it may be assumed that Thomas was diagnosed to be terminally ill by that stage. On his death certificate it is recorded that he had been suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis for two years.