Robert Henry Gordon (c.1917-1940)

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Robert Henry Gordon was born at Shankhouse, Cramlington, Northumberland, the son of coal miner Robert Gordon and his wife Lily.

He may the "Robert H. Gordon" born 14 September 1917 who is listed in the 1939 Register as lodging at 60 Imperial Road, Huddersfield, and working as a hydraulic press moulder.

According to one source, he was "killed in action on the ground [and] died of wounds received during an enemy air raid on [RAF] Honington".[1]

He is commemorated on the Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Roll of Honour:

Robert Henry Gordon signed for Town in 1936 and went on to make seven appearances for the club over the next four years. As the Second World War loomed, Gordon volunteered to join the Royal air Force (RAF). He died of war wounds just over a year later and is buried at Cramlington Cemetery in Northumberland.


Huddersfield Examiner (21/Sep/1940):



Town Player Who Was In The Air Force

Supporters of the Huddersfield Town Club will hear with regret of the death of Robert Henry Gordon, one of the players, which has taken place this week. Gordon, who was in his early twenties, joined the Royal Air Force last year. He was severely wounded on service, and news of his death reached Leeds Road this week.

Gordon was a young player who was highly thought of at Leeds Road, where he was a very popular member of the playing staff. As Willingham’s deputy at right-half he had made numerous appearances with the first team in which he showed uncommon promise, and he was rightly regarded as one of the best of the young men on the club’s books.

It is about four years since he joined the club. He played in practice games before the start of season 1936-37, and was signed in August. 1936. He came from Shankhouse (Northumberland), and had previously played in the Blyth and District League. He made a most auspicious debut with the first team at Middlesbrough on April 9, 1938, a match which Town won by the odd goal scored in the game. In the following season he played in seven first team games, including a Charity Cup match with Partick Thistle, and last season up to the time of his departure on service he had taken part in three Regional games.

Yorkshire Evening Post (23/Sep/1940):

Robert Henry Gordon, the Huddersfield Town reserve wing half, has died from wounds received while serving with the R.A.F. Gordon was deputy at right half to Willingham, and on the numerous occasions on which he appeared with the first team he showed himself to be a player of unusual accomplishments. He joined Huddersfield four years ago from Shankhouse, Northumberland.


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Notes and References

  1. "Airmen Died In The Second World War, 1939-1946", accessed via FindMyPast.