Date of Death:
Stuart George Douglas Gordon
84th Bty. Royal Field Artillery
23 september 1917
Son of Robert Stuart (Inspector of Poor and Collector of Taxes), and Janet Steven Reid Stuart, of 19, Dalhousie Place, Arbroath.
Brother was also killed:
Stuart James Ogilvie Grant , Killed 1918 and commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial
He was at Arbroath High School when war was declared
Bleuet Farm Cemetery
Plot I , Row F , Stone 50
23 september 1917
Before the War he took keen interest in the Boy Scouts and was a scoutmaster in the local body.
He joined at one the Forfarshire battery of the Royal Field Artillery as a bombardier
Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Highland Brigade and was afterwards promoted Lieutenant
He was drafted to France and posted to the Lahore Division of Artillery , attached to the Canadian Corps and present at the Battles of the Somme , Vimy Ridge and Ypres.
Killed in action in Pilkem whilst bringing under cover one of his men who had been badly gassed.
His Colonel wrote:
' Like the gallant lad he was , it was in saving a man who had been gassed, and in getting the man under cover that he lost his own life.
If we must go during the war , we would all ask to go as he did - saving somebody's life under shell fire among one's guns with one's own men all round one"
29 july 1917
A few months later he obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Irish Guards, going to the front that autumn.
He was twice wounded, once at the Battle of Loos and again a few months before his death.
He received the M.C. for his courage in the field up to that date and a mention in Despatches.
He fell in action at Elverdinghe during the preparations for the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele.
The Irish Guards were moving up into the line and were noticed by a German aeroplane, which signalled a barrage in which Synge and 40 of the men were either killed or wounded.
His commanding officer wrote:
“As an officer and a friend I know of no one else in the battalion who was more beloved by the men; he was indeed an ideal leader of men, brave and capable and utterly unselfish…. one whom we all knew and loved as a very gallant gentleman”.
In 2008 Dix Noonan Webb, specialist medal auctioneers, sold for £3,800 Synge’s 1914-1915 Star, his posthumously awarded British War & Victory Medals together with a memorial plaque and a typed account of the action for which he was awarded his M.C.
It is not known where they currently are.