He married Mary Gore in the early 1920s and moved to the Cornish village of Bledoe shortly after. There he and Mary had two sons. The first, born in 1925, was called James after Mary's father, and the second, born in 1929, was called Alistair after Gordon's father.
He served in the Royal Air Force during the second World War, and was officially listed as Missing in Action in 1945. Like many others lost during the war, Gordon was honoured with a white cross in the graveyard of Bledoe Parish Church, which remained there until at least the late 1960s. (PROSE: The Forgotten Son)