Gordon joined SS Orbita in Capetown and from there he sailed via Trinidad to New York where they had a slight collision with another ship which smashed some lifeboats. These were replaced and they proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia where Canadian and some American troops embarked. They landed safely in Liverpool on 13th September 1941
After being away for six months Gordon got some leave much to the relief of his wife, Frances who had only received letters occasionally in batches although Gordon had corresponded regularly.

Gordon returned to Lochwinnoch and was put on a course prior to officer training. He and five others undertook various physical exercises for several weeks but without any positive results. Two other gunners arrived and were immediately sent for officer training. Gordon’s face obviously didn’t fit with the Welsh Adjutant and he requested a return to sea.