Colina Gordon

During the two World Wars millions of women contributed to the war effort – both at home and in uniform. Not only did they give their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers to the war effort, they gave their time, energy, and some even gave their lives.

Colina with horse and foal

Amongst these woman was Colina (Connie) Gordon of Rogart – one of comparatively few women whose names are recorded on local war memorials.

Daughter of Duncan Gordon (1890-1955), a crofter and his wife Catherine MacKay (1900-1988), Connie was born in 1922 in Rogart. At the time of her death, in Edinburgh, her usual address was given as Broomfield, Rogart.

Before the war Connie had worked at the Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie and she was described as a kind and loveable girl, kindly and obliging in her manner.  She was called up and became a Driver in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Ultimately her health failed her and Connie died, aged 21, in Edinburgh.

For her family, this loss did not end their sorrows, for Colina’s sister, Annie MacKay Gordon was to die two years later in Aberdeen, aged only 18 years. Both daughters has died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

Connie’s funeral took place on 18th January 1944 and was well attended by local people. The family grave stands in Rogart’s new cemetery. Its inscription reads:

“In loving memory of our dear daughters, Colina Gordon who died in Edinburgh 15th January 1944 aged 21 years and Annie M. Gordon who died in Aberdeen 4th September 1946 aged 18 years. Also their father Duncan Gordon who died at Achnaluachrach, Rogart on 18th March 1955 aged 65 years and his beloved wife Catherine MacKay who died 1st July 1988 aged 88 years.”

Thanks to Jean Sutherland, Elgin for providing additional information and Bunty McConachie for the family photograph.