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Regimental number901
Place of birthLancaster, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBarnes Road, Payneham, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jeanette Riding, Barnes Road, Payneham, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 February 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Sarah Ann RIDING

Military Medal

'On 4th/5th August, 1916, at POZIERES. Hard work and good example consolidating position under heavy fire after attack on enemy trenches. At great personal risk he assisted Lieutenant HORTON of 23rd Battalion, who was wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date6 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karoola', 22 February 1917; disemabrked Melbourne, 10 April 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death5 September 1936
Age at death49
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, RIDING Gordon

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