In Memory of

Alexander GORDON

3rd Bn., Canadian Engineers
who died on
Thursday, 8th August 1918. Age 28.

Additional Information:

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Son of William and Catherine Gordon, Seggiecrook, Duncanston, Kennethmont.
William Gordon d 2/1/1935 age 73, Catherine Redford d 14/11/1916, interred Insch CY
Alexander recorded on headstone age 29.

Confirmed by brother Chas Gordon, 23/11/2000, Banff. He worked as a grocer in Insch before moving to Canada.

Alexander Gordon was born at Largie in the Parish of Insch on 1st December 1889.

When the appeal for volunteers was made Alexander joined the 200th Infantry Battalion: Winnipeg Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) on 10 June 1916 at Winnipeg, Canada and went to France as a member of The Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.

At the time of his death he was in 3rd Batt, Canadian Engineers. This unit was formed from 3rd Field Company, Canadian Engineers in July 1918. They had been used in the line as infantry since April 1915. It is unknown when Aleander transferred to this unit from his original battalion.

Additional details from CEF Roll of Honour
ALEXANDER GORDON - Died of wounds. Previously in 200th Bn

The Battle of Amiens started on 8th August 1918 and continued to 15th August.

Service Notes
3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Canadian Engineers, 1st Division

Battalion formed 9/7/1918
8th - 11th Aug 1918, In line at Battle of Amiens.


Service Notes
The 3rd Canadian Engineers were in 1st Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

1st Canadian Division
Formed in August 1914. Originally formed from Provisional Battalions that were named after their Province of origin. The Provisional titles were dropped before the Division arrived in Great Britain. The Division arrived in Great Britain on 14 October 1914 and was stationed on Salisbury Plain. The Division embarked for France in February 1915. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
V. B. 24.
Location: Crouy is a village about 16 kilometres north-west of Amiens on the west side of the River Somme, on the Amiens-Abbeville main road. The British Cemetery is a little south of the village on the west side of the road to Cavillon and there is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost on the main road.

Historical Information: The British Cemetery was opened in April 1918, when the German advance brought about the establishment of the 5th and 47th Casualty Clearing Stations in the village; and until August 1918, when the final Allied advance had begun, the deaths from these hospitals filled the great majority of the graves. In October 1919 the graves from the small British Cemetery at Riviere, a few kilometres nearer Abbeville, were brought to Crouy British Cemetery. They numbered 42, dating from May to August 1918; and the burials had taken place from the 12th, 53rd and 55th Casualty Clearing Stations at Longpre-les-Corps Saints. They now occupy rows E and F of Plot IV and part of Row D, Plot VI. Riviere British Cemetery, Riviere, Bettencourt, had stood on the rising ground above the Somme, 1.6 kilometres East of Riviere village and a 1.6 kilometres South of Longpre. There are now over 700, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.