Sir John Moore

(1761—1809) army officer

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Soldier and military reformer. Moore entered the army in 1776. In Corsica, on 10 August 1794, he led the storming party at the siege of Calvi. After an expedition against St Lucia in 1796 he was appointed governor of the island for a time. Moore distinguished himself in Egypt during the night‐time landing operation at Aboukir on 22 March 1801. In 1808 he assumed command of the British forces in the Peninsular War, but was killed at Corunna (16 January 1809) after conducting a hazardous but successful retreat.

Subjects: British History.

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