The information below is from Gordon's Defence Force Personnel Record, from Archives NZ.

Biographical Details

According to his History-Sheet, his occupation was self-employed Farmer at Wendon, Southland; his religion was Presbyterian and his birth-date was recorded as 2 April 1885.

His next of kin was listed as J.S. Templeton (brother-in-law), of Wendon, Southland.

His Attestation was dated 20 September 1917, at Gore. His birth-place was Paparoa(?), Southland, on 2 April 1885. His parents are listed as Frederick and Lucy Clearwater, both born at Broad Bay, Otago.  His occupation is given as Farmer, last residing at Wendon, Southland.  His last employer was 'Self'.

His physical description is given as: 27 years, 5 foot 8 inches, 142lbs, chest measurements were 33 1/2 inches to a max of 36 inches;  Medium complexion, Hazel eyes, V Dark Brown haired. His religious profession was Presbyterian. His vision and hearing were good. He was classed as 'Fit'.

Service Details

Gordon's service number was 77593. His service was short.  He left home on 3 May 1918, reaching Camp on 8 May 1918, at which point he was 'transferred' to the rank of Private and assigned to C Company, 47th NZ Field Artillery.

On 29 November 1918 he was put on Leave without Pay until demobilized.

He was then formally discharged on 6th August 1919. having served for 211 days.

He is described on his Certificate of Discharge as 33 years old, 5 ft 8in in height, with a Medium complexion, Hazel-coloured eyes, and hair colour Very Dark Brown.