Alfred Edwin Gordon

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Marines Light Infantry
Battalion: Portsmouth
Rank / Service No: Private, PO/398/s
Died: 24th June 1915, aged 28 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


Alfred was the third of 5 siblings born to William and Julia Gordon (nee Barnes), who married in Southampton in 1881.


Both parents were born in the city in 1860 and both died relatively young. William, a seaman, died in 1894 whilst Julia passed away in 1910.


Julia remarried in 1903, to Charles Topp, in Southampton.



Sidney William b. 1882 Southampton   d. 31 December 1917 Alexandria   Married Florence Clark in Southampton in 1903…..see separate story. 

George Archibald   b. 1885 Southampton   d. 1940 Southampton   Married Constance Gertrude Pitman in Southampton in 1910. Both died as a result of a German air raid on the city.

Alfred Edwin  

Elizabeth Beatrice   b. 1887 Southampton   d. ??   Married Walter John Redding in Southampton in 1908. Married William H. Sadler in Southampton in 1929.

William Frederick   b. 1894 Southampton   d. 1966 Southampton



Alfred would have fought in the defence of Antwerp in 1914, as part of the Royal Naval Division.

This Division was made up from reservists and volunteers who were not needed at sea.


Alfred was then transferred to Gallipoli, where his division took part in the Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June 1915.

Here the Allies attempted to take valuable ground in the Helles sector but the action failed.


It soon reverted to trench warfare, where gains were measured in yards rather than miles.


The British lost 4,500 men during this action, a fifth of the total Dardanelles force.


Alfred was probably wounded during the main battle and subsequently died of his injuries.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd August 2016


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