Awards & Titles:
|Victoria Cross |
Knight Grand Cross of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order and Two Bars
Member of the Victorian Order
Unit : Grenadier Guards
Action : War Survivor
He had an extensive military career during which time he was Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1937-39 after which he became C-in-C British Field Force until 1940.
From 1940-41 he was the Inspector-General of the Home Guard as well as having the responsibility to the Forces for training.
He served as Aide-de-Camp to King George VI until 1944, during which time he was also C-in-C Gibraltar until 1942, followed by C in C Malta from 1942-44.
From 1944-45 he was the High Commissioner and C-in-C for Palestine as well as High Commissioner for Trans Jordan.
He was the Commandant the Honourable Artillery Company 1943-46.
He was the father in-law of Major W P Sidney, also a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Although many perished in the Great War, many survived. Stories of those that survived are included as part of this site.
Citation(s) :On 27th September 1918 at the Canal du Nord near Flesquieres, France, Lieutenant Colonel Gort led his battalion under very heavy fire and although wounded, when the Battalion was held up, he went across open ground to obtain assistance from a tank and personally led it to best advantage. He was again wounded but after lying on a stretcher for a while, insisted on getting up and directing the further attack which resulted in the capture of over 200 prisoners, two batteries of field guns and numerous machine-guns. He refused to leave the field until the success signal had gone up on the final objective.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.||Cambridgeshire|
|Joined :||Household Brigade No. 2614 E.C.||London|
|Joined :||Vectis No. 3075 E.C.||London|
26th April 1910
31st May 1910
25th October 1910
Joined Freemasonry in 1910 when studying at Cambridge University - Trinity College, being initiated into Isaac Newton University Lodge No 859
Joined Household Brigade Lodge No 2614 - 23rd February 1914
Joined Vectis Lodge No. 3073 9th November 1919
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- : The London Gazette