SSgt Gaydon was born in 1922 at Barrow in Furness, England and was killed in action on Saturday January 16, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge, near Bastogne, Luxembourg. |
S Sgt Gaydon is the son of Alexander Gaydon [b. 2/8/1899 Barrow in Furness, England, came to the US in 1926 and died in June 1982] a ships joiner and the son of Maggie Hatherstall Gaydon [b. 1902 in Denshaw, England, came to the US in 1926 and died unknown].a bookkeeper at a dying and cleaning company. S Sgt Gaydon and his family arrived at the Port of San Francisco from Sidney, Australia in late September 1926 aboard the SS Sierra, their destination was Philadelphia, PA.
The 1930 US Census for Jenkintown, Montgomery County, PA shows Alex residing at #412 Cottman St with his parents and sister Margaret H [b. 1930 in PA] a brother Harold G.. [b. 1925 in Melbourne, Australia]. Also residing at this address are Alexs grandparents Alfred and Henrietta Hatherstall.
S Sgt Gaydon enlisted in the Army on Jan 12, 1943 at Philadelphia, PA. His enlistment record states Alex had completed 4 years of high-school was employed as a stock clerk was 6 tall 164 lbs and was single. The record states Alex was not yet a citizen.
S Sgt was awarded the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem, Silver Star.
S Sgt Gaydon is interred at the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg at Plot D Row 9 Grave 1.