Memorial service for 19th century Gravesend benefactor

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:48 28 January 2013

Gordon memorial service in Gravesend

Gordon memorial service in Gravesend


Rev Graham Herbert led a memorial service on Friday for one of Gravesend’s greatest benefactors, 128 years since he was murdered in Khartoum.

Major General Gordon, also known as Chinese Gordon, helped the poor while stationed here in the 1860s.

Every year a service is held in the gardens named after him in the Riverside Leisure Area.

Gathered around his statue this year were Chantry School pupils, members of the Royal Engineers Association, Merchant Navy and the president of the Gravesend Rotary.

The Salvation Army and Borough Band provided musical accompaniment while Gad’s Hill army cadets attended as guards of honour.

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