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Memorial details

Memorial type
Church Fabric / Fittings
District
Kensington And Chelsea
Town
Chelsea
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
91136
Current location

St Luke's Church
Sydney Street
Chelsea
Kensington And Chelsea
Greater London
SW3 6NH
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 27180 78326
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Wooden bookstand with two glazed-top compartments ( for books of remembrance) with attached small silvered plaque commemorating Captain Ronald Steuart Gordon.
Inscription
THIS STAND IS PRESENTED BY/ RUBY GORDON IN PROUD AND/ LOVING MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND/ RONALD STEUART GORDON ("JOCK")/ CAPTAIN, 57TH WILDE'S RIFLES, F.F./ KILLED IN ACTION WITH/ THE REGIMENT AT MESSINES/ 31ST OCTOBER 1914
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Gordon, Ronald Steuart
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname, rank, regiment
    Order of information: forename, surname, rank, regiment
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height C90 mm, width c70 mm
    Materials: Silver
  • Case
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
History
The newly-created Frontier Force Memorial Chapel at St Luke's Church in Chelsea was dedicated by the Bishop of London on 3/6/1951. (Reported in the Falkirk Herald 6/6/1951: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000733/19510606/056/0005 ). Several memorials and artefacts relating to the Frontier Force and its officers and men were collectively placed in the Church/Memorial Chapel at that time, which may have included the book-stand bearing the commemorative plaque re Captain Ronald Steuart Gordon. Due to the disbanding of the Punjab Frontier Force Association (which oversaw the collection of Frontier Force memorials etc at St Luke's from 1951), on 28/9/1998 most of that collection was donated to the National Army Museum in Chelsea. The only such items that the National Army Museum did not remove from St Luke's Church at that time were the bookstall bearing the inscription to Captain Gordon (which is still inside the Church), and memorials relating to the 3rd Gurkha Rifles (which are still in the dedicated vault).
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Church of England
Reference

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