Colin MacKenzie Blair Gordon was born on January 30, 1913, as the firstborn son of William E. Gordon and Margaret Katherine Blair. William had married his beloved Irish-born wife, Margaret, on 6 January 1910. Margaret was born in South Dublin in 1886 and married Gordon in St George Hanover Square, London. When Colonel William E. Gordon was imprisoned after the Gordon Highlanders surrendered on 27 August 1914 near Le Cateau, Margaret became a single mother. An article about her and her one-year-old son was published in The Sketch in Dec. 1914. After William E. Gordon was exchanged with the German Prince Salm Salm in 1916, he returned to England but was in a critical health condition. Luckily W.E. Gordon recovered well, and the family received their second child and daughter Valerie Gloria Jean Blair, on 15th May 1917. By now, the family was living in Chelsea. Colin MacKenzie Blair was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders. He served under General Sir Ian Standish Montieth Hamilton, who commanded the regiment from 1914 to 1939.
His good friend invited Colin McKenzie Blair Gordon, 2nd Lt. Edgar John Warren, to join him in the race at Dorrington Park as a passenger-Mechanic on 19 August 1933. The car overturned at the Hair Pin bend and Colin Gordon was pinned underneath. He was taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary but died on the journey. Warren stated later that he found the track in good order while he was having a practice run in his car with Gordon as a passenger and that an error of judgement on his part occurred, resulting in losing his best friend. It was the sixth fatal accident at Castle Donington and the fourth that year. Mr Bendle W. Moore said that the Donington track was safe but realised that motor-racing or motor-cycling racing was one of the dangerous sports on which young men embarked. Gordon's mother said that her son had little knowledge of motor cars.
To her understanding, he had never done any motor racing; she saw him the day before he was killed at Castle Donington Park. She also stated: "I have a letter from a mother begging me to do something to stop the racing at Donington in view of the accidents."
Another testimony was made by Leon Alan Barker, who was an ambulance man during the 19th August race at Donington: "When the driver took the turn, he appeared to skid, lose control, pass on to the righthand side of the track, hit a tree, and turn over. Gordon was badly injured and was hurried to the Infirmary." He also stated that an ambulance was on the spot within two minutes, and a dozen ambulance men were on duty around the track. He believed that this was the first fatal accident at the hairpin bend. The Coroner testified that if Gordon had been wearing a crash helmet, it might have helped to save his life because the cause of death was a fracture to the skull. The Derby and District Motor Club secretary, Mr F.G. Craner, said that he had seen Warren do two practice laps and that nothing out of the ordinary or recklessness was seen. The Coroner asked Mr Craner if he had any control or rule regarding wearing crash helmets. He replied that he could obligate a rule if desired and make a regulation to govern that sort of thing. Warren and Gordon were driving a 12HP Bugatti with the race number 46 on it. The car belonged to the newly-formed Junior Racings Drivers Club. Warren did not consider a crash helmet because it would interfere with his hearing when changing gears.
Gordon being a Passenger-Mechanic, had the sole duty to warn the driver of the approach of other cars which desired to pass, and anyone over 18 years of age who was not a female could act as passenger-Mechanic. E. J. Warren remained in the army and became a Lieutenant on 2 February 1936.
GORDON FAMILY TREE
Peter of Ballee William of Ballyskeagh 1697 - ?
Mary Boak Mary Ross
Aaron Gordon William Gordon (1738 - 1831) Margaret Gordon Mary Gordon
Margaret Boak (1744 - 14/11/1837)
Elizabeth(... - 1839) Aaron(1781 - 8/10/1844) Robert of Stragollen (1774- 7/9/1850) William(..- ./1/1837) Mary
Ellen Eagleson (1786 - 21/09/1860)
George (22/6/1824 - 4/6/1896) William(15/5/1812 - 25/2/1814) Aaron (17/5/1814 - 1860) Matilda An (1/11/1817 - 1863) William E. (4/6/1831-15/1/1873) Elizabeth Robert (4/6/1823 - 23/7/1823) Margaret (5/5/1810 - 1816) Ellen (1827 - 1899) Robert (1830 - 1883)
X (1)Marion Hay Forbes
Robert (1855-1918) X (2) Emelia M. Dick
Marion Elizabeth Versfeld
William Eagleson Archibald Alexander Robert Aaron Emily Mackenzie Helen Isabelle
George Ronald Eagleson x x x x Margaret Katherine Blair Lizzie Maude Smith Graham H. W. Nicholson
Cyriel Vivian Eagleson Colin Mackenzie Blair William "Bill" Hyde Eagleson Archibald G. R. Edmund Robert Adam Cameron Gordon Graham (Nicholson)