Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant James William Nugent Gordon, 5th Battalion (Territorial), the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle.
The eldest son of the Assistant Colonial Secretary of Trinidad, he was educated at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire, where he joined the Officers’ Training Corps, and went on to study mining engineering at Birmingham University. In 1911 Lieutenant Gordon enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch, and was commissioned in July of 1913.
In November of 1914, Lieutenant Gordon arrived on the Western Front. On the evening of his death he was leading a night party when he was shot and killed. He lies buried in the Royal Irish Rifles graveyard at Laventie in France. On his headstone are the words: “In His mighty keeping are also they who nobly looked on death”.
James, born in the West Indies but raised in Brechin, Forfarshire, was 20 years old.