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Name Wilfred Lumley Gordon
Nick Name "Wilf"
Last Known Address Blind Lane, Silksworth, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances Married with one child.

Unit of Service Royal Navy.
Number and Rank D/JX 268195  A/AB
Date & Place of Death 31st August 1970. Scarborough Hospital.
Grave Location
(if known)
Where Commemorated
(if known)



Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

Wilf earned the following medals:

                 1939 - 1945 Star.                                      Defence Medal. 1939 - 1945.                              War Medal.                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                     Atlantic Star.                                                  Italy Star.                                            



                                                                                                  The Artic Star

                                                                              (Wilf's family applied for this after his death).



Wilf served on HMS Zuyderburgh (former Dutch Ship S.S. Zuyderburgh) on coastal convoys which carried coal to London. These ships were known as D.E.M.S. (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships) which often had Royal Naval or other military personnel on them manning and controlling the weaponary,

During his service Wilf also served on HMS Ocean Vesper. Wilfred also saw service on the convoys to Murmansk.

The link below give more information on the HMS Ocean Vesper which he served on.


  HMS Ocean Vesper


Below: HMS Vesper.


Other general information. online links, images etc.

Wilf was born in Sunderland (North) on 13th July 1904.

He was baptised at St Peters Church, Monkwearmouth.

At the age of 6 Wilf's father died. In 1911 his mother remarried to William Musk who had a son and daughter. The daughter Maggie emigrated to Canada and the son George William was killed at Ryhope Colliery in 1916 aged 24. The family lived in Thomas Street South then Thomas Street in Ryhope.

Wilf then lived at Somerset Cottages in Silksworth before joining the Royal Navy.

After leaving the Royal Navy he was employed for most of his working life by the Ryhope and Silksworth Co-operative in a clerical position.


Below: Wilf's entry of birth in the Central registry.

(Left hand column).





Wilf's Parents in the 1901 Census showing them living in Mulgrave Street, Monkwearmouth with Sarah's Mother .


Andrew Gordon



Estimated birth year:

abt 1873

Relation to Head:




Birth Place:

Sunderland, Durham, England

Civil Parish:


Ecclesiastical parish:

Monkwearmouth St Peter







Household Members:



Elizabeth Ainsley


Sarah Ainsley


Andrew Gordon




The 1911 Census showing Wilf with his mother as visitors in Chester Road, Sunderland.

The age of Wilf's mother Sarah, is inaccurate on the census. She is recorded as being 3 years old but recorded as a widow.

it is believed that she was in fact 38 years old.


Name:Wilfred Gordon

Age in 1911:    6

Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1905

Relation to Head:    Son (Child)

Gender:    Male

Birth Place:    Sunderland, Durham

Street address:     68 Chester Road Sunderland



Wilf in uniform during his training at HMS Wellesley which was a shore based

DEMS Gunnery Training School based in Toxteth in Liverpool.


Wilf with his training unit. His friends who stayed in contact with the family are Jack Myers (back left) and Alec Mclean 3rd from left back row in civilian suit.





The entry of Wilf's Death in the Central registry.

(Halfway down in the right hand column).























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