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Hugh Lockhart Gordon

In memory of:

Flying Officer Hugh Lockhart Gordon

August 14, 1940

Military Service


Service Number:

C/1864

Age:

32

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Colonel H. D. L. Gordon, D.S.O., and Kathleen Cassels Gordon. Husband of Helen Gordon, of Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 13 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

OTTAWA MEMORIAL
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 1. Column 1.

Location:

The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– The Soldiers' Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower's base. In total, almost 1,200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers' Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch West– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers' Tower in 1949. The name of "F/O H.L. GORDON R.C.A.F" is among the names inscribed.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Edited by H. E. Brown, published by the Soldiers' Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 2 reads: "F/O Hugh Lockhart Gordon 120 Sqn RCAF. Former student in Trinity College, Arts 1928-29. Killed in a flying accident near Courtney, British Columbia, 14 August 1940. Name inscribed on the Ottawa War Memorial, Ottawa, Ontario."
  • Memorial Stele– This stone stele is located in the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. "AS DYING AND BEHOLD WE LIVE. TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO GREAT WARS." The name of "H.L. GORDON" is among those inscribed.
  • Memorial Scroll– This framed illuminated scroll, written in calligraphy, is entitled "Men and Women of Trinity College on Active Service. Met'Agona Stephanos". It hangs in the hallway outside the narthex of the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Small symbols beside the names indicate men and women who are fallen, decorated, and prisoner of war. The list of names includes:  '32 Gordon, H. L. 
Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Certificate– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of HUGH LOCKHART GORDON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– Beautiful memorial plaque for Flying Officer Hugh Lockhart Gordon.  Located in St. James Cathedral (Anglican), 65 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario.
  • St. James Cathedral– The memorial plaque for Flying Officer Hugh Lockhart Gordon is located in St. James Cathedral (Anglican), 65 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Biography
  • Family Monuement– Flying Officer Hugh Lockhart Gordon is remembered on the Gordon family monument located in St. James Cemetery, Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Inscription
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

1849 F/O Hugh Lockhart Gordon (RMC 1925) was the son of Colonel H. D. L. Gordon, D.S.O., and Kathleen Cassels Gordon. He was the husband of Helen Gordon, of Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was killed on active service on Aug 14, 1940. His name is listed on the Ottawa Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Memorial Plaque– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

1849 F/O Hugh Lockhart Gordon (RMC 1925) was the son of Colonel H. D. L. Gordon, D.S.O., and Kathleen Cassels Gordon. He was the husband of Helen Gordon, of Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was killed on active service on Aug 14, 1940. His name is listed on the Ottawa Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Memorial Arch– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

1849 F/O Hugh Lockhart Gordon (RMC 1925) was the son of Colonel H. D. L. Gordon, D.S.O., and Kathleen Cassels Gordon. He was the husband of Helen Gordon, of Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was killed on active service on Aug 14, 1940. His name is listed on the Ottawa Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Vancouver Sun.  Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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