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A military hero remembered in Gravesend

by Derek Johnson

One of the most famous figures in British military history, Major Charles Gordon (1833 - 1885), has been honoured in the town in Kent where he spent much of his life.

Best remembered as 'Gordon of Khartoum' he moved around frequently, living in Gravesend, Southampton and Chatham.

He was much more than a soldier and become a champion of the poor before he died defending the British Empire overseas. One town in the South owes him a far greater debt than most, as Derek Johnson explains.

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