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  • Headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Gordon. Photograph Rachel Farrand (June 2018)
Person Details
Hinckley Leicestershire
Official records give his first names as 'John Gordon/John G.' but other documents use 'Gordon'. John Gordon was the son of Thomas and Emma McCulloch. His father was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and his mother in Leicestershire. His parents were probably married in 1885 (A/M/J Loughborough, Leicestershire), Emma nee Nutting. According to the information provided on the 1911 Census by the widowed Emma McCulloch she had had eight children of whom seven survived. Seven children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911: Elsie b. Buwell 1886 (J/F/M Basford) bap. 2 February 1886 Nottingham, John Gordon b. 1888 Hinckley (A/M/J Hinckley), Joseph Stanley [Stanley] b. 1890 Hinckley (J/F/M Hinckley) bap. 23 January 1893 Nottingham, Mabel b. 1891 Bulwell (J/A/S Basford) bap. 30 November 1892 Nottingham, Ronald b. 1893 Bulwell (A/M/J Basford) bap. 28 April 1898, Dorothy (Dolly/Dollie) b. 1897 Bulwell (J/F/M Basford) bap. 21 January 1897 and Grace b. 1898 Bulwell (A/M/J Basford) bap. 28 April 1898 Nottingham. In 1891 Thomas (28) a pork butcher, and Emma (25) a milliner, were living on Wood Street, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, with their three children Elsie (5), John Gordon (3) and Joseph (1). By 1901 the family was living at 22 Jennison Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, although Thomas was not in the household on the night of the census and has not yet been traced. Emma (34), described as married, was still working as a milliner. Also in the home were her seven children Elsie (15) described as a housekeeper (at home), John (13), Joseph (11), Mabel (9), Ronald (7), Dorothy (4) and Grace (3). Thomas McCulloch had died by 1911 as Emma completed the census form as the widowed head of household. She was then living at 90 Montague Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, and still working as a milliner from home. Only John (23) a retail butcher, Mabel (19) a milliner, Dorothy (14) a sewing machinist, and Grace (13) were in the family home on the night of the census. John's eldest sister, Elsie, had married Ernest Johnson at Ilkeston St Mary's church on 26 April 1908 and in 1911 she and her husband (27) an upholsterer, were living at 146 Station Road, Ilkeston, with their only child, Charles Leonard (21 months). Ernest Johnson was to serve during the war. His younger sister, Dorothy, married George Henry Smith on 14 June 1917 (A/M/J Nottingham) and lived on Newcastle Road, Bulwell. Her husband, a dairyman, who had formerly served in the South Notts Hussars, was called up on 12 July 1917 and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery (286285 Gunner). However, he was discharged physically unfit for service on 9 November 1917 as a result of having contracted dysentery. Dorothy (Smith) may have died in 1995 (July Mid-Devon) aged 98 (b. 27 November 1896). John's brother Joseph [Stanley] also served in the war. His sister Mabel emigrated to Canada and it is possible that Joseph Stanley and perhaps other siblings also emigrated to Canada, probably after the war. John married Margaret Elizabeth Woodward (b. 1891 J/F/M Basford) in 1914 (J/F/M Nottingham); they had one child, Gordon b. 1914 (J/A/S Nottingham). Margaret married Francis W Lacey in 1924 (J/A/S Nottingham) and died on 18 November 1951 aged 60. Her husband survived her. John and Margaret's son, Gordon, married Nellie Hardy in 1937 (J/A/S Nottingham) and they had one son, John Gordon. Gordon served in the Second World War in the Royal Artillery (1569159 Sergeant) and died aged 29 in Whitby, North Yorkshire, on 13 May 1944 while on active service. He is buried in the Northern Cemetery, Bulwell, Nottingham (Sec. E/22 Grave 13). The family home was at 221 Hucknall Lane, Bulwell.
In 1911 he was a retail butcher.
27 Nov 1917
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1754875 - CWGC Website
12957
Lance Sergeant
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
He first entered theatre 6 October 1914. He was initially reported missing but his death on 27 November 1917 was not confirmed until July the following year. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval (Panel 2).
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 July 1918: ‘McCulloch. Missing now reported killed November 27th, 1917, Sergt. Gordon McCulloch, Grenadier Guards, of Bulwell. A loving son, true and kind, a cheery word, a smile for all, he died a hero loved by all. Thy will be done. We shall miss him more as the days go by. From sorrowing mother, loving sisters Grace and Mabel (in Canada), brother Stanley [Joseph Stanley] in Germany.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 July 1918: ‘McCulloch. Missing, now reported killed, November 27th, 1917, Sergt. Gordon McCulloch. He left his home in perfect health, he looked so strong and brave, he little thought how soon he would be laid in a hero’s grave. Duty nobly done. From his loving sister Elsie, and husband in France.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 July 1918: ‘McCulloch. Missing, now reported killed November 27th, 1917, Sergt. Gordon McCulloch, Grenadier Guards. God will link the broken chain closer when we met again. His loving brother Ronald and wife.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 July 1918: ‘McCulloch. Missing, now reported killed November 27th, 1917, Sergt. Gordon McCulloch, Grenadier Guards. Ever in our thoughts. Loving sister Dollie [Dorothy] and husband.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 July 1918: ‘McCulloch. Missing now reported killed November 27th, 1917, Sergt. G McCulloch Grenadier Guards, son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Woodward and family. Loved by all.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Inscription on headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery: ‘In loving memory of Charles Hassel Whitby who died Feby 26th 1913 aged 32 years. Jesus lover of my soul. We shall meet beyond the river. In loving memory of Sgt. Gordon McCulloch, 3rd Grenadier Guards aged 28 (sic) years. Killed in action Novr. 27th 1917. The great sacrifice.’ Note: Charles Hassel Whitby (b. Sneinton, Nottingham). NEP 26 and 27 February 1913: ’Whitby. On February 26th, at his uncle’s residence, 40, Radcliffe-street, Charles H Whitby, in his 32nd years, trusted representative [traveller in drapery goods] of William Hall, 9 Castle-gate. Funeral General Cemetery, Waverley-st., Saturday, 1.30. NEP 28 February 1913: ‘Whitby. On February 26th, at 40, Radcliffe-street, Charles H Whitby. Service Saturday, St Saviour’s, Arkwright-street, 12.45. Funeral General Cemetery 1.30.’ Relationship to John Gordon McCulloch not yet identified. John Gordon's son, Gordon, died in the Second World War (see also family history): CWGC record: 'Son of John Gordon and Margaret Elizabeth McCulloch, of Bulwell, Nottingham; husband of Nellie McCulloch, of Bulwell.' Nottingham Evening Post, 16 and 17 May 1944 : ‘McCulloch. May 13th, died suddenly at Whitby, Gordon, dearly beloved husband of Nellie, loving daddy of John Gordon. Interment Northern Cemetery, Thursday, 3pm. Broken-hearted wife.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: McCulloch Gordon of 221 Hucknall-lane Bulwell Nottinghamshire died 13 May 1944 on war service Administration Nottingham 14 September to Nellie McCulloch widow. Effects £705.
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  • Headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Gordon. Photograph Rachel Farrand (June 2018)
    Gordon McCulloch - Headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery, commemorating Gordon. Photograph Rachel Farrand (June 2018)