Robert Gordon was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst Military Academy. Being commissioned with the Royal Ulster Rifles as 2nd Lieutenannt on August 23th, 1939: only a few days before the war broke out. He was sent with the regiment to France where The Rifles had first face to face contact on May the 13th and from then on was continuously was in action until the retreat from Dunkirk. He served as an instructor at Staff College in 1943-1944 and did not see any action until D-Day. The RUR were made part of the 6th Airborne Division and landed on the evening of D-Day near Ranville by glider.
Gordon was appointed Brigade Major of the 3th Parachute Brigade during the battles of the Bois de Bavent and tha advance on the Seine.
He partook in the Ardennes operations of winter 1944-45 where his Brigade was heavily engaged and was a leading planner during the
Brigade Airborne assault; Operation Varsity. Dropping by parachute in the first assault wave with HQ and 8th Para Battalion on 24th March 1945, he would have been one of the first British soldiers to land in Germany. Gordon would go on to participate in all the engagements that the Battalion saw through to the moment the 6th Airlanding Brigade reached Wismar on the Baltic Sea.
It is unclear whether Gordon remaind in the Army after the war but he joined on one point a a firm of stockbrokers and even became the Deputy Chairman of the London Stock Exchange.
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