Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) J.H. Gordon was the son of James and Matilda Gordon and husband of Virtue O. Gordon of Holywood, County Down. He was serving with the Royal Air Force. On 25th May 1940 he was detailed to bomb troops, vehicles and vital bridges just behind the German front line, which was closing in on the main body of the British Expeditionary Force. His aircraft, a Blenheim, was shot down near St. Inglevert, on the main road to Calais between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Marquise, with the loss of all of the crew.
St. Inglevert is a village and commune on the main road (N.1) from Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer, about 13 kilometres south-west of Calais, from which it is easily accessible. In the churchyard, near the centre of the northern boundary, is the collective grave of 3 airmen of the Royal Air Force.