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Gravesend benefactor General Charles Gordon remembered with memorial service
THE annual memorial service for one of Gravesend's most famous figures took place on Friday (January 25).
General Charles Gordon travelled the world, fighting battles in China and Africa, and the 128th anniversary of his death was remembered at the memorial gardens which bear his name.
The soldier, administrator and town benefactor ran schools for the poor at Fort House and East Terrace as well as teaching at St Andrew's mission on the waterfront.
He was a regular visitor to the workhouse and the infirmary while Gravesend families continued to benefit from pensions and payments even after his death on January 26, 1885 following a 317-day siege of Khartoum by Sudanese rebels.
Gravesham Mayor Councillor Lyn Milner was joined by Chantry School pupils, members of the Royal Engineers Association, Merchant Navy and the president of Gravesend Rotary Club in laying flowers at the foot of the Gordon Memorial.
Members of the Salvation Army and Borough Band provided music and Gads Hill School Combined Cadet Force a guard of honour.
The 11am service at the Gordon Memorial Gardens, Riverside Leisure Area was lead by the Reverend Graham Herbert of St Peter & St Paul Church at Milton-Next-Gravesend.