Stanley History | Mathison, Captain Gordon Clunes Mackay

Captain Gordon Clunes Mackay
Australian Army Medical Corps (2nd Field Ambulance) attached 5th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.

  • Born 10th August 1883 at Stanley, near Beechworth, Victoria [Birth certificate 1883 Stanley 26615 Vic]

  • Educated:
    • Caulfield Grammar School;
    • Queen’s College, Ormond College, Melbourne University, Vic 1901 – M.D. & B.S.;
    • Research scholar in Medicine and D.Sc. University of London;
    • Lister Institute, England

  • Single;
  • Physician (Director of Pathology – Eliza & Walter Hall Institute, Melbourne Hospital), of ‘Aroona’, Ebden Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria

  • Next of Kin listed as:
    • Father; Hector Munro Mathison.
    • Mother; Mary Mart. Mathison (nee Barber), of ‘Aroona’, Ebden Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Photos of Captain Mathison are known to exist in the following locations:
    • Osboldstone. University of Melbourne Record of Active Service p31.
    • Argus 1 June 1915 p5.
    • Table Talk 3 Jun 1915 p3*

Died of wounds

18th May 1915
at Alexandria, Egypt,

 Aged 31
5th Battalion, AIF


Chatby Military Cemetery,
Alexandria, Egypt


No. 2
Field Ambulance
1st Australian Division
Who Died Of Wounds
Received In Action
At Cape Helles
On The 10th May 1915
Erected By
His Brother Officers


Previously served in the ‘O.T.C. in the University of London. Gazetted Lieutenant, unattached List, Territorial Force for service with the University of London O.T.C. 1.7.1909.

On leaving London resigned 17.5.1913.’ (AWM 131 Informant Mother, ‘Mrs Hector Munro Mathison (Mary M. Mathison)’ -1929- Avoca Grove, Caulfield Vic).

Embarked with the 2nd Field Ambulance on HMAT A18, ‘Wiltshire’ from Melbourne, on 19 Oct 1914.

Wounded during the 2nd Battle of Krithia, 8th May; at Krithia.


Father was the headmaster at Hutchins School while Captain Mathison was a student there.

Killed outside his aid post:
‘Even the reinforcements who had arrived that day had been used, and many were now casualties, some having fought with their companies, while others were sent to reinforce the line, or to carry food, water, and ammunition during the night.

Of the surgeons, Captain Mathison – one of the most brilliant of the younger Australian scientists, who was temporarily attached to the 5th – was mortally wounded, while, after a day and night’s incessant work, he was resting outside his aid post.’ (Bean V1 p564, V2 p41 quoted, mentioned 40, 407).

‘After the worst of the stress was over, about 4 o’clock that afternoon, Captain Mathieson [sic] was sitting outside his dug-out far back down the creek, putting on his boots, when one of the so-called spent bullets which fell thickly down the creek hit him in the head.

He never regained consciousness, and died shortly after reaching hospital in Alexandria.’ (Tasmanian Mail 22 July 1915 p15). Also Canterbury Times 11 Aug 1915 p30.

Lest We Forget

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