Sir George Cockburn

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by one-flew-over, Aug 24, 2007.

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  1. OK maybe more a post for Rum Ration but I just wanted to remind ARRSErs that today ?n 1814 Admiral Sir George Cockburn payed a little visit to the White House.

    George Cockburn rose to become Admiral of the Fleet, Sir George Cockburn. As Rear-Admiral he commanded the detachment of Royal Marines that put Washington to fire during the war of 1812 (the Americans used white paint to hide the fire damage, creating what has become known as 'The White House') .
     
  2. TVM - I have just pointed that out to my Yankie Intern - he seemed pleased :twisted:
     
  3. Royal Marines? I thought it was the Essex Regiment?
     
  4. Among others, including the 21st of Foot. Bets on whether it was the RHF what done it :)

    (Sorry, Scottish east/west rivalry rears its head again)
     
  5. Could be BB - I got that from Wiki