Sir John Moore
at 15, Sir John Moore served in the American War of Independence
and within eight years was a member of parliament.
1794 he was involved with the British backing of Paoli's conquest
of Corsica and then served in West Indies.
a major general in 1798, Moore then took part in operations in Holland
and Egypt, where he was a leading player in defeating the French
at the second battle of Aboukir.
John Moore's main contribution, however, to Britain was his training
of light infantry and his military changes earned him a lieutenant
became the commander of British troops in Portugal following the
removal of Sir Harry Burrard for his signing of the Convention of
Cintra and advanced in to Spain to back local forces against the
to attack the dispersed French forces he found himself cut off from
his supply lines and began a horrific retreat to Corunna.
he organised a skillful rearguard battle that kept the French from
attacking his embarking army but he was mortally wounded during
French counterpart, Marshal Soult,
was so impressed by Moore that he ordered a monument erected to
his fallen foe as a sign of respect.