[ IGS (1) ]
QSA (4) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (5570 Pte. G. Davidson. Gordon Highrs:)
[ KSA (2) ]
George Davidson was born in the Parish of Udney, Aberdeenshire, and attested for the Gordon Highlanders at Aberdeen on 20 January 1896, aged 18 years 2 months, a farm servant by trade. He served in India from December 1897 to September 1899, taking part in the Punjab Frontier operations of 1897-98 (medal and clasp).
He served in South Africa from 24 September 1899, and took part in the action of Elandslaagte, 21 October 1899, and served throughout the defence of Ladysmith. He also participated in the operations with the Natal Field Force during the actions at Laing’s Nek and Belfast in June and August 1900. He was also entitled to the King’s South Africa Medal.
He transferred to the Military Foot Police on 1 December 1901 and served with this unit until his final discharge on 23 October 1918. He did not serve overseas during the Great War but was mentioned for services rendered during the war (London Gazette 24 February 1917).
On offer on eBay, an IGS (2) to an Elandslaagte man
Genuine IGS 96 Punjab Medal to Gordon Highlander also entitled Boer war (inc Elandsglaagte clasp) and WW1 trio (mons clasp) presumed KIA Nov 1914
5527 Pte Robson Clark Gordon Highlanders
Born 1875 St Nicholas, Aberdeen
Lived Forres, Moray
Enlisted 11 Dec 1895 into Gordon Hdrs
Entitled IGS 96
QSA (Clasps Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast, Laings Nek and Elandslaagte)
WW1 1914 Star (with Mons clasp) Trio
At Elandslaagte x4 Victoria crosses were won by the Gordons!!
The Gordons were present at both 1903 and 1911 Delhi Durburs in India during his 10 years stationed there!!
05 Feb 1904 - Tried by Courts Martial and reduced to the ranks for drunkeness
After a short period in Egypt before WW1 the 2nd Batt entered France 07 Oct 1914
First action was 20th Oct 1914 and then continuous until 04 Nov 1914 when he was posted Missing in Action and later presumed KIA.
They landed in France with a full strength Battalion (1000 strong) and by the 01 Nov 1914 the strength was recorded as 3 Officers and 200 other ranks (included Robson). Four days of further heavy fighting resulted in his and many of the lucky 200 to run out of luck!!
War diary for 29 Oct states "240 dead Germans being counted in front of one platoon alone"
During this crazy 2 week period another 2 Gordons won the Victoria Cross
Includes in depth report from Gordon Hdr Museum on the man