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Personal Details
Date of BirthJanuary 30, 1899
Place of BirthMaybole, Scotland
CountryScotland
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinJames W. Gordon, Box 252, Keewatin, Ontario
Trade / CallingButcher
ReligionPresbyterian
Service Details
Regimental Number1250351
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion3rd Brigade
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Field Artillery
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 9, 1917
Age at Enlistment18
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathFebruary 1, 1984
Age at Death85

Gordon, David Gibson

David (Pax) Gibson Gordon was born to James William Gordon and Helen Douglas Gibson Gordon in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland on January 30, 1899. The family immigrated to Canada on the SS Corinthian, arriving in Montreal, Quebec on September 6, 1906.   From there, they made their way directly to Keewatin, Ontario   where many of their descendants still reside.

David had the following siblings – Elizabeth A (1892-1898); Mary McLeod (1894-1962); Alexander (Dud) who also served with the CEF.   Two other siblings, James and Helen were born in 1908 and were the first set of twins born in Keewatin.

David left school at an early age and became a butcher. On May 9, 1917 he was declared fit for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force and was assigned to the 76th   Depot Battery, CFA. However, it was noted on his papers he was not to be sent overseas until he was 19 years of age. On December 19, 1917 he embarked aboard the SS Missanabie, arriving in Glasgow, Scotland December 31, 1917. On April 3, 1918 Dave arrived in Rouen, France and was taken on strength with the Canadian Artillery Pool. April 6, he left there for the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.   September 9, 1918 he was posted to 3rd Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, taken on strength on September 15, and joined the unit on September 21, 1918.   A week later, he was wounded (gas shell), and sent to 18 General Hospital, Camiers, France.   October 9, 1918 he was moved to 6 Canadian Convalescence Depot in Etaples then on to 5 Convalescence Home in Cayeux.   He was declared fit to return to duty on November 2, 1918, rejoining his unit of November 16, 1918.   January 11, 1919 he was granted 14 days leave returning February 15, 1919.   April 25, 1919 he was posted to the Canadian Artillery Pool. May 28, 1919 he was struck off strength from Overseas Military Forces Canada and returned to Canada aboard the Empress of Britain.   Arriving in Montreal, he was discharged on June 5, 1919 at the rank of Gunner.

David returned to Keewatin and resumed his career as a butcher, eventually having his own butcher shop on Ottawa Street. The 1921 census has him living with his parents on Bay Street in Keewatin.   He married Clara York of Glenilla, Manitoba on November 16, 1926 at Keewatin, Ontario.   In August 1930, they crossed the US border at Sweetwater, Montana to visit David’s uncle Bob Gordon who was the sheriff of Cascade County in Great Falls, Montana.   1945 found them living in Regina, Saskatchewan where, according to Voters’ lists for Regina, they resided until 1964.   Dave’s profession was a butcher; Clara, his wife, a stenographer. In 1965 they are listed on the Voters List for Nipawin, Saskatchewan where they resided until Dave died February 1, 1984.   That summer, his ashes were sprinkled on his parents grave at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora,  Ontario.   Dave and Clara had no children.

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