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THE MAJOR ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER GORDON

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HERE WE PUBLISH RESEARCHED ARTICLES AND OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO MAJOR GORDON.


THE KINGS MESSENGERS COLLECTION
INTRODUCTION


RECENT ARTICLES


One of the main tasks of the society is researching the life and service of Major A. A. Gordon and all other related events. Here our members publish there research articles to keep the story alive.

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MAJOR GORDON MENTIONED IN THE BOOK 'THE CELLAR-HOUSE OF PERVYSE'


In the book the Cellar-House of Pervuyse of G.E. Mitton, Major Gordon is mentioned several times and holds a photograph of him will on the front with Count de Grunne. The picture is the first one to find of Major Gordon on the front, which made it very special.

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MAJOR GORDON'S SERVICE IN OR TO RUSSIA FOR THE BELGIAN MILITARY IN DECEMBER 1914


Major Gordon was decorated with the Russian Imperial Order of St. Anne 2nd Class in 1917 for his service whitin the Belgian military to the Russian Empire of Nicolas II. He was also given a golden enamelled cigarette case with the imperial eagle inlaid with diamonds. This article is dedicated to find the service and Russian artifacts of Major Gordon.

THE WAR MEDAL OF JOHN WOOD 8TH GORDON HIGHLANDERS


John Wood served in the 8th-9th and 5th Gordon Highlanders during the first world war. He arrived in France with the 8th Gordon Highlanders on the 10th of May 1915. This makes John Wood, one of the men whom most likely served under Lieutenant William Hyde Eagleson Gordon, Major Gordon's eldest son, who arrived that same date in France with the regiment

THE ROYAL VILLA'S AT LA PANNE


The royal villas at La Panne was the official Headquarters of Albert I, who stayed there from 1914 till 1918 together with the Royal Family and high ranking Belgian military officers. 


Major Gordon was most of his war-time located in and around these buildings.


MAJOR GORDON DURING THE LIBARTION OF BRUGES IN 1918


Major Gordon was one of the first men who entered Bruges during the liberation in November 1918. Bruges was one of  the most contained areas on the western front because it was the submarine base of the German Navy.


During his time in Bruges he succeeded in a personal mission to find a missing person in the English Convent. 


ESTABLISHMENT OF THE

'REINE ELISABETH MEDAL' 1916


Queen Elisabeth of Belgium mentioned to Major Gordon that she wanted to establish a medal for the brave nurses and personal of her Hospital l'Ocean. For this, Major Gordon was tasked to get in touch with the famous Belgian sculpture Victor Rousseau in London.


After the design of the medal was completed, the award was established by Royal Degree in September 1915.


THE JOURNEY'S OF A. A. GORDON


Major A. A. Gordon travelled in his youth, with the financial support of a relative, to India, China, Japan, America, Canada, and Jamaica. At the last destination he went to search his ancesters famous Windsor Farm.


On his search he found a former slave who had worked under his ancestors and who guided him to the former farm that was now abendend and turned into a nature forest.

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THE HOMES MAJOR GORDON LIVED IN


Major Gordon lived in various house's during his lifetime who where located all over Great-Britain and one in Switzerland. He photographed his elderly home's in the 1930's and surprisingly many had survived since his childhood. The article is dedicated to the historical grounds of the buildings and there current sightings. 

THE SCOTTISH MEMORIAL TO QUEEN VICTORIA


Archibald A. Gordon acted as a honorary secretary for the funding of a Scottish national memorial to Queen Victoria. The funding was established by the former General Officer Commander-in-Chief the Scottish command, Archibald Hunter, who launched a school for the for the sons of Scottish and Soldiers on the lines of the English and Irish foundations respectively. Gordon served the funding from 1902 till 1906, and was decorated for his work, with the Royal Victorian Order, Fourth Class.

THE SAINT NINIAN' CHAPEL AT LA PANNE


Major Gordon commissioned by Prince Alexander Teck, established the Saint Ninian' Chapel at La Panne in 1917 for the British Troops stationed there. After the war the Chapel was renamed to the St. Joseph Chapel and was later demolished.


This article finds out more details of the Saint Ninian' Chapel


THE SIEGE AND FALL OF ANTWERP IN OCTOBER 1914


In October 1914, Major Gordon was tasked to bring the funded aid for the Belgian refugees to Antwerp. Because of the major progress the Germans made during the invasion, Gordon was not able to go back to England. In Antwerp he met former Colonel Seely, who made him his liaison-officer and together they overlooked the British positions in the front line, until the fortress' fall into enemy hands and a massive evacuation was started to Bruges and Ostend.


THE HOSPITAL L'OCEAN AT LA PANNE


Queen Elisabeth established together with Dr. Depage, Marie Picard and Major Gordon the Hospital l'Ocean, which was at the time, the most well-staffed and best supplied hospital on the entire Western Front. The hospital was located in the former hotel L'ocean at La Panne, which got its name from it.


A. A. GORDON ON THE SS PARIS DISASTER


A.A. Gordon boarded the SS Paris in New York, US in 1890. The vessel was supposed to bring him back to England, after a long world traveling. When the SS Paris was halfway it's journey, disaster stroke. One of the propellorstang broke down, which  made the propellor hit the  hull of the ship. This resulted that the vessel was now a floating log on the ocean. The situation became critical when the vessel was floating away from the busy route, so she wouldn't be noticed by other ships. Luckily the crew managed to get help in rescue boats, and after three days, the ship was saved.

PROJECTS


The Projects of the Society are publishing printed articles, organizing exhibitions and maintaining public relationships. The difference with the articles is that the projects are executed by the entire society, whether an article is mostly a one member project. 

AUTOBIOGRAHY OF MAJOR GORDON AND KING ALBERT IN PREPARATION !


The A.A. GORDON SOCIETY is pleased to announce the making of an autobiography of Major Gordon. 


THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILLABLE IN 2020 !