After General Charles George Gordon (January 28, 1833 – January 26, 1885) an adventurer killed in Sudan. In 1884 Gordon, the governor of Sudan, was sent to evacuate loyal Egyptian soldiers trapped in Khartoum following a revolt by Sudanese Muslims. Instead of yielding the city to the Mahdists, Gordon organised a city-wide defence with a small band of soldiers and civilian men. This decision infuriated his political masters in London but gained wide-support across the UK. After holding out for nearly a year the Islamic forces overwhelmed the defences and Gordon was killed. His body was never found.
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