637024 Pte. Alfred Gordon was born in Madoc, Ontario, in August 1893, to Edward and Mary (née Doughty) Gordon in Madoc, Hastings County, Ontario. Alfred worked as a carpenter with his father and married Luella Rachel Rose in July 1913. The couple had two children: Ross (1914) and Luella (1916).


Gordon initially attested into the 155th (Quinte) Battalion in Trenton, Ontario, on April 7th, 1916, however it is understood that he fell ill on October 15th, just two days before his unit embarked for Europe. He was subsequently required to re-attest and did so on October 20th, 1916, in Banfield, Ontario, this time with the 154th (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders) Battalion.


At the time of Alfred's loss, on October 26th, 1917, the 4th CMR had taken the line, west of Passchendaele, on October 25th, and went into action in what was to become known as the "Second Battle of Passchedaele" on the morning of October 26th, 1917.


Alfred Gordon is one of 12 men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest in Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Zonnebeke, 10km north-east of Ieper.




Biography and image credit to Carol Lylyk with additional details provided by Mike Kavanagh.