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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: Gordon of Khartoum, Aberdeen Reply with quote

Major General Charles Gordon Memorial
Location: In front of Robert Gordon's College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gordon

After his death as Governor-General of the Sudan he became known as Gordon of Khartoum. While he was still alive he was known as “Chinese” Gordon for his time leading the Ever Victorious Army in China during the Taiping Rebellion.

Gordon was born in London and educated in Somerset. I don’t think he has any direct connection to Aberdeen.

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http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/web/files/LocalHistory/sculpture_trail_leaflet.pdf

This bronze figure by Scottish sculptor Thomas Stuart Burnett (1853-1888) was a donation from the Clan Gordon. General Charles Gordon wears his regimental uniform of the Royal Engineers. Gordon’s military success was based on his role in the Crimean War (1853-65) and cemented during his leadership as a captain in China in the early 1860s. His reputation was that of a popular exemplar of the then cult of the Christian military hero. General Gordon was killed at Khartoum on 26th January 1885, at the end of one of the most famous sieges in history.
His career, although sometimes controversial, has generally always enjoyed a good reputation, as can be seen in the 1966 film “Khartoum”, in which he was depicted by Charlton Heston.
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