WILLIAM HYDE EAGLESON GORDON was the oldest son of Major Gordon, a student of Haileybury College and a Cambridge undergraduate. On the outbreak of the First World War, he was in France approving his French. He returned to England and immediately wanted to join his uncles (Bt. Col. William Eagleson Gordon VC) regiment, the Gordon Highlanders. It was Lord Roberts VC, an acquaintance of his father, who got but William and his younger brother Edmund into the regiment's they had laid their heart upon.
William was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 8th Gordon Highlanders and had to wait until May 1915 before he participated in the war. Meanwhile, his uncle was imprisoned in Germany after the 1st Gordon Highlanders were forced to surrender during the Battle of Mons (august 1914). At the front, William was promoted to Lieutenant and served with gallantry. He and his brother were lucky enough to meet their father (who visited them from La Panne, Belgium) during their service at the front.
On September 25, 1915, William became involved in the battle of Loos in which he suffered a gunshot to the head. He was evacuated to Etaples Military Hospital and succumbed to his wounds on September 30, 1915.
William is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. In honour of his service and sacrifice, the cap badge of the Gordon Highlanders was commemorated to him!