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THE MAJOR ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER GORDON

SOCIETY

CUSTODIANS OF THE KINGS MESSENGER COLLECTION

THE WAR MEDAL OF JOHN WOOD

8th Gordon Highlanders


THIS ARTICLE TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MEN WHO SERVED UNDER MAJ. GORDON'S ELDEST SON WILLIAM HYDE EAGLESON GORDON.

ORIGINS


The medal was found by the society on a British dealer site last summer. The dealer mentioned that the recipient served in the 8th Gordon Highlanders, wich could our interest. After doing a quick research we found out that the recipient landed in France the same date as Major Gordon's eldest son William. The medal was bought instantly and further research was conducted.


THE STORY


Private John Wood enlisted with 8th (Service) Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. The battalion was formed at Aberdeen in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 26th Brigade in 9th (Scottish) Division. Private Wood mostelikely got his training at Aldershot, where the battalion was stationed and went from there to Bordon in February 1915. He landed with the battalion at Boulogne (Fr) on 10th of May 1915.


When private Wood was transfered to the 9th Gordon Highlanders is unknown, but it must be after july 1915, because the 9th Gordon Highlanders, only than landed in France. We also known that he must have transferred later to the 5th battalion prior to January 1916, because the name 5th Bn was only known until January 1916


Private Wood must be participated in the following battles:


The Battle of Loos.

The Battle of Pozieres,

The Battle of Flers-Courcelette,

The Battle of Le Transloy,

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John Wood was promoted from private to Corporal during these actions. He survived the war and was awarded the following medals:


1914-15 star
British War Medal

Victory Medal.


His service number was S/7948

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