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26091   Rifleman Robert James Gordon
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 24/08/1893
Died: 07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Robert Gordon was the son of Thomas and Thomasina Gordon. Robert James Gordon was born on 24th August 1893 in Kilrea. Thomas Gordon was a farmer who died when Robert was just 9 years old in 1903. Robert emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlisting, Robert worked as a farm labourer in Dannevirk, Kiritaki. He enlisted in May 1916. He gave his next of kin as his brother in law, J.T. Kyle, who lived in Waipukurau, New Zealand. Rifleman Robert James Gordon was serving with 3 New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4 Battalion, when he was killed in action in France on 7th June 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Messines Ridge NZ Memorial
  Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, 
Grave Ref: No Ref
CWGC Casualty 1737879
The Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing is situated within Messines Ridge British Cemetery, which is located 9.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 52
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1 1901 Census lists Gordon family 1901 census lists Robert James as age 7 living with the family at house 31 in Lislea, Tamlaght, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Gordon family 1911 census lists Robert J as age 18 living with the family at house 20 in Lislea, Tamlaght, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Rifleman Robert James Gordon
4 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Rifleman Robert James Gordon including photo
5 NOK Address in Ireland Son of Mrs T Gordon of Lislea Portglenone County Derry Ireland.
6 NZ War Graves Project Details of Rifleman Robert James Gordon including inscription photo
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