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1885 - 1916

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Pte 15805 John Stuart Gordon

  • Age: 22
  • From: Toxteth, Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 22nd January 1916
  • Commemorated at: Cerisy-gailly Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: II.G.30

John Stuart Gordon was born 25th December 1892 and was baptised 8th January 1893 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, to parents John and Rachel Gordon nee Mansergh who were married 18th September 1880 at St Michael in the Hamlet, Toxteth. He was the only son amongst six children. 

and in 1901 the family lived at 5 Treborth Street, Toxteth, when the father was a joiner.

In 1911 they are the same address, when John senior is a joiner with the Mersey Dock Board and young John is a clerk with a “tube merchant”.

He enlisted on 2nd September 1914 in Liverpool, giving his age as 21 years 8 months, born 10th August 1893, and his occupation as clerk. His next of kin is his father, John, then living at 142 Windsor Street, Toxteth. On 13th September 1915 at Salisbury Camp, John was “confined to barracks” for 2 days for “Laughing on Parade”! He arrived in France on 7th November 1915 and was killed in action on 22nd January 1916. He was serving in the 17th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15805 when he was killed in action on 22nd January 1916 aged 23.

His death was reported in the Liverpool Echodated 9th February 1916

– Killed in Action – GORDON – January 22 killed in action in France John Stuart Gordon 17th Battalion Liverpool ‘Pals’ only son of Mr & Mrs Gordon 142 Windsor Street.

A report in the Liverpool Echo dated 15th February 1916

announced that Mrs Gordon and her husband, 142 Windsor Street, had “received information of the death of their only son, Private John Stuart Gordon. Just before leaving for France he received his “crossed guns”, having passed his marksmanship test. A letter received by his mother from his Officer states that his loss is irreparable to himself and the Company with whom he was a general favourite. He was in his 23rd year and joined the Pals at the start of the war, when on the clerical staff of a Liverpool firm. “He is buried in the same grave as another comrade who died at the same time.”

John’s service record shows that he was initially buried in Maricourt Cemetery, near Albert, as reported by Revd. M. Linton, attached to 89th Infantry Brigade, and John’s body was one of over 260 British dead removed to Cerisy-Gailly after the Armistice.

He now lies in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery in Grave II G 30, France. The Inscription on his headstone reads:


John Trinick also of the 17th Battalion who was killed on the same day, is buried in Grave II G 27. 

He is also commemorated at Liverpool Institute.