| Patrick Gordon |
|Military career||Major in the Canadian Light Infantry|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Trevor White|
Major "Patrick Gordon", a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, made a request to stay at the convalescent home at the Downton Abbey in 1918 because he claims to be related to the Crawley family.
The soldier has a Canadian accent and major burns and injuries on his face (which is largely covered in bandages). Major Gordon then tells Edith first, that he is really Patrick Crawley. He claims that he survived the Titanic sinking, but developed amnesia and was sent to Canada since he was mistaken for a Canadian. While in hospital recuperating, he tells Edith that he verbally told the doctors and nurses there what he could remember about his time on Titanic and they wrote down his account. Patrick explains that he took his new surname from a bottle of Gordon's gin. It is impossible to recognize Major Gordon or compare a handwriting sample as his face was severely burned and his hand was amputated during the Battle of Passchendaele.
Gordon does convince Edith by relating vague experiences in Downton and telling her that Patrick loved her the whole time. Mary however is immediately convinced the officer is lying. Lady Mary refuses to visit him, and the rest of the Crawleys refuse to meet him also. Robert Crawley hesitantly visits him. Robert does not believe he is Patrick Crawley, until he rubs his mouth in a peculiar way. Robert is about to leave the room, but stops, recognizing that Patrick Crawley used to wipe his lips in the same fashion. Robert is stunned and asks, "where did you learn how to do that?" Patrick pretends not to know what he means.
Lord Grantham sends Major Gordon's story to his solictior who does some investigating. He reveals that a Peter Gordon once worked with the real Patrick Crawley at the Foreign Office, which would explain how he knew some of the private details of the Earl's family and Patrick's strange mannerism of wiping his lips with his fingers. Violet is then convinced Major Gordon is a fake, most likely Peter. Major Gordon tells Edith he and Peter were good friends. Edith says Murray will then try to track down Peter, to which Major Gordon nervously questions what if he had joined his regiment.
Frustrated that no one else recognizes him as Patrick, Major Gordon tells Edith that there may be no going back, but Edith encourages him not to give up. Patrick, upset that Robert does not acknowledge him as Patrick Crawley or possibly unwilling to wait and be exposed as a fraud, decides to leave without saying "goodbye" in person to Edith. He leaves a letter for Edith, signing it "P. Gordon." Sybil questions whether P stands for Patrick or Peter. In the end, Edith holds the letter from him, and struggles with her emotions about whether he was really Patrick Crawley or if the whole thing was a cruel fraud.