Gordon Walter Bone
From Our Contribution
Gordon with wife Bertha and son Albert Gordon
St Marys Churchyard, Harefield
|Date of Birth||c1888|
|Place of Birth||Willesden, London, England|
|Death||28 Oct 1918|
|Place of Death||Middlesex, England|
|Age at Enlistment||27 years, 9 months|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 174lbs|
78.925 kg; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; light brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||NOK 36 Peel street, Jolimont, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Bertha Elizabeth Bone|
|Date of Enlistment||19 Jun 1916|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, transferred to 4th Division Mechanical Transport Company on 16 Jun 1917.|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A28 Miltiades|
|Fate||Died of illness|
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll |
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Gordon arrived in Fremantle from London aboard the SS Ortona on 21 Nov 1907, described as a 21 year old butcher (probable age was 19).
Electoral Roll entries: 1910 at 403 Hat street, Subiaco, tram conductor; 1912-1913 at 361 Hay street, Subiaco, fruiterer; 1914 at 3 Monger street Leederville, fruiterer; 1916-1917 at 36 Peel street, Jolimont, salesman.
During 1912 Gordon married Bertha Elizabeth Bysch.
Gordon entered Blackboy Hill camp on 19 Jun 1916 and was eventually allocated to the 44th Battalion's 7th Reinforcement draft, travelling with them to England. He had earlier spent periods with their 5th and 6th reinforcement drafts. Promoted temporary Corporal during his training in Western Australia (November 1916), he reverted to Private when he marched into the 11th Training Battalion at Durrington on 18 Apr 1917. Prior to joining the Training Battalion he had spent almost a month in Fovant Depot.
Soon after on 16 Jun 1917 he was transferred to the AASC Training Depot at No 4 Camp, Parkhouse. On 11 Oct 1917 he proceeded overseas through Southampton to become part of a new unit, the 4th Division Supply Company, and on 4 Mar 1918 to the 4th Division Motor Transport Company. On 2 Apr 1918 he was appointed Driver.
Granted leave to the UK on 17 Oct 1918, he was admitted to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 22 Oct 1918 where he died from complications associated with Influenza and bronchial pneumonia on 28 Oct 1918. He was buried in the Harefield (St Mary) Parish churchyard on 1 Nov 1918, grave No Aust 76.
Brother in law of 897 Sgt Leonard Frederick Bysh, 44th Battalion, KIA 4 Oct 1917. Bertha later remarried and moved to New South Wales.