2018 Baker-Gordon Charity Shield
The Barker-Gordon Charity Shield event is a partnership between the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and local South Australian ADF elements including Navy Headquarters – SA, RAAF Edinburgh and the 7th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
The match is named after two distinguished South Australian soldiers/airmen who served on the ground with the Australian Imperial Force and in the air with the Australian Flying Corps in World War 1 – Thomas Charles Richmond Baker DFC, who was killed in action on 4 November 1918 and John Rutherford Gordon MC.
This year, the Baker-Gordon Charity Shield coincides with the centenary commemorations of Armistice Day. One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front ceased firing after four years of continuous warfare. German leaders accepted an armistice, ending the First World War.
To mark the centenary of this historical anniversary that shaped Australia, communities around the nation are hosting a series of public events and activities. One of these includes the Baker-Gordon Charity Shield. This T20 style cricket match will be played on Sunday, 18 November 2018, in support of the Women & Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The day includes interactive displays from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and several other support organisations and associations connected to the Defence community. There will be performances throughout the day courtesy of the Navy Band, plus food and beverages available for purchase and a community bbq provided by the RAR Association.
Bring your family and friends, a picnic and a rug and join the Defence community in commemorating the centenary and their support of our Foundation and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s 140 years of caring for families.
Car parking on the day
Limited street parking plus additional car parking will available at the local RSL Club (362 Payneham Road, Payneham) and the San Giorgio La Molara Community Centre (11 Henry Street, Payneham).
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He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 July 1915 and took part in his first major action during the battle of Pozieres. He was awarded the Military Medal and Bar for his ‘great devotion to duty’ and transferred to the Australian Flying Corps to pursue his dream of flying, but was shot down over Belgium on 4 November 1918.
*Source: The Weekend Australian, Australian War Memorial Commemorative Lift out – The Great War – Part Four: Endgame and Aftermath. Published: 6 October 2018.
He was a very serious looking young man – among the youngest in the group yet holding the rank of Sergeant at the time. His nickname was “Jack O’Gibraltar”, as he was a big strapping young man.
He enlisted initially with the 10th Battalion at Morphettville on 20 August 1914 and embarked for Egypt on the HMAT Ascanius with his colleagues. He took part in the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and was awarded the Military Cross for effective ground attack actions during the German March/April 1918 offensives. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he served as member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), retiring with the rank of Wing Commander in 1945.
*Source: Virtual War Memorial Australia – vmwa.org.au. John Rutherford (Jack O’Gibraltar) GORDON MC.