Charles George Gordon

Charles George Gordon

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 26 Jan 1885 (aged 51)
Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 11617 · View Source
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British Army General. Known as "Chinese Gordon" or "Gordon Pasha.”, he is best remembered for his heroic and sacrificial role in the siege of Khartoum, Sudan during the Mahdist Rebellion, which lasted a year and ended with his death. He had earned the name "Chinese Gordon" in 1864 for his work in China in leading the "Ever-Victorious Army," a band of peasants and adventurers, in the Taiping Rebellion against the Manchu dynasty. Gordon is regarded by some historians as one of Britain's greatest military leaders, and by others as charismatic, yet quixotic and impulsive. He is the subject of several biographies, and was portrayed by actor Charlton Heston, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier as The Mahdi, in the 1966 movie "Khartoum." He was originally interred in Khartoum, but moved to England following Sudanese independence. He is honored via various memorials, including a statue outside the gate of Robert Gordon University in Schoolhill, Scotland. A charismatic statue depicting Gordon astride his favorite camel was also moved from Khartoum to England.


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  • Added: 10 Aug 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11617
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles George Gordon (28 Jan 1833–26 Jan 1885), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11617, citing Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .