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Gordon Robert Bain

Portrait of Gordon Robert Bain, Archives New Zealand, R24184624. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Gordon Robert Bain, Archives New Zealand, R24184624. Image may be subject to copyright r …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Bain AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/205 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 February 1893 Military Personnel File
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Georgetown, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Andrew Bain, Georgetown, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/205 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      "While ammunition wagons were being unloaded at a forward gun position, it was suddenly subjected to very heavy fire. His horse was killed under him, many team horses killed and wounded, and the drivers of one team thrown by the force of the explosion, and the team broke away. He stopped them, and, his officer becoming a casualty, he took charge, dumped the ammunition, and cleared the column. He returned alone, and destroyed all hopelessly injured horses. He set a magnificent example of coolness and courage." London Gazette 05/12/1918 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • ANZAC Commemorative Medallion AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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  • The following biography was supplied by Michael Ward:

    "Gordon Robert Bain
    27 February 1893 — 25 July 1983
    Sergeant. Second Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery. Serial no. 2/205.

    Gordon Robert Bain was born on 27 February 1893 in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand, the seventh of fourteen children born to Andrew and Annie Bain (née Swallow). Gordon’s father, Andrew Bain, was a builder, businessman, politician, and was elected Mayor of Invercargill (1923–1927).

    Gordon was working as a builder with his brothers when he enlisted on 18 August 1914. Gordon’s medical details are recorded as apparent age: 21 years; height: 5 feet 9 inches; weight: 143 lbs; chest: 33½–37 inches; complexion: fresh; eyes: grey; hair: dark brown; religion: Methodist; and next-of-kin: Andrew and Annie Bain, 55 Morton Road, Georgetown, Invercargill. (Source: Military Personnel File)

    Gordon embarked with the Main Body from Lyttelton on HMNZT 7: Limerick arriving at Suez, Egypt, on 4 December 1914. Gordon served with the 2nd Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery, under the command of Major F.B. Sykes. He served through the Gallipoli campaign, from 26 April, when the artillery landed at Anzac Cove, to 16 September 1915, when he was evacuated to St David’s Hospital, Malta, with dysentery. Two weeks later, while still in hospital, Gordon was diagnosed with malaria and was sent on to England for further treatment. Gordon was admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital on 4 October and discharged to Woodcote Park on 15 November 1915.

    He returned to active service in Egypt on 16 February 1916.

    On 1 March 1916 he was promoted to Battery Sergeant-Major (BSM) and appointed Warrant Officer Second Class on 5 April 1916. Two days later, on 7 April 1916, the company embarked from Alexandria for France and the Somme.

    On 27 August 1916, Gordon was apprehended in Liercourt and charged with drunkenness, neglecting to obey an order (being absent from his billet without a pass after 9pm) and inciting a fight. He was reduced to the rank of Private.

    On 25 September 1916, at Flers, Gordon received a gunshot wound to his left foot and was evacuated to England, where he spent the rest of 1916. On recovery, he became an instructor at Aldershot. On 15 February 1918, he was promoted to temporary Warrant Officer, Class II, (confirmed 21 July 1918), and was posted to the 2nd Battery in the Field. On 15 October 1918, Gordon was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for acts of Gallantry in the Field:

    “While ammunition wagons were being unloaded at a forward gun position, it was suddenly subjected to very heavy fire. His horse was killed under him and many team horses were killed and wounded; the drivers of one team were thrown by the force of the explosion and their team broke away. He stopped them and, his officer having become a casualty, took charge, dumped the ammunition and cleared the column. He returned alone and destroyed all the hopelessly injured horses. He set a magnificent example of coolness and courage.” (Source: London Gazette, 5 December 1918, p14464.)

    On 1 January 1919, Gordon was detached to the UK and sailed for New Zealand on 8 March 1919 on the ‘Willochra,’ arriving in Wellington on 15 April. He was discharged from service on 14 May 1919." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1983 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 28 AWMM
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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