On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Vivian Gordon: 25th September
Graduate Member since 1906 (deferred until post-grad 1908/9 and then resigned end 1909 before reapplying); Associate Member 1910.
At the outbreak of war he was Civilian Director Avonside Engine Co.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Captain, Gordon Highlanders, 8th Battalion.
Killed in action, France.
Captain VIVIAN GORDON was born at Buckhurst Hill, Essex, on 18th May 1881.
He was educated at a private school and later at Harrow School, after which he served four years with the Gordon Highlanders and went through the South African War.
In June 1904 he became an articled pupil of Messrs. Willans and Robinson, Rugby, and from March to August 1905 he was also an articled pupil of Mr. D. Earle Marsh, Locomotive Superintendent of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, being employed in the Running Department as a pupil fireman.
In September of that year he entered the City and Guilds of London Central Technical College as a third-year student in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Course.
He was next for two years as an articled pupil with Sir Douglas Fox and Partners, and then in June 1909 he became a director of The Avonside Engine Co., Ltd., Bristol, being jointly responsible with another director for the management and control of the business of the Company.
On the outbreak of the War he received a Lieutenancy in the 4th Gloucester Regiment, and was afterwards exchanged to the 8th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.
Shortly afterwards he received a Commission as Captain and proceeded to the Front, where he was killed at the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, at the age of thirty-four.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1906, and an Associate Member in 1910.
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