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John Drinkwater

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Date of Birth: 09/06/1762

Age: 81

Place of birth: Warrington

Citizenship: United Kingdom

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John Drinkwater, son of a former ship`s surgeon, was born on June 9, 1762 in Warrington, Cheshire (Warrington, Cheshire, England). At age 15, he volunteered for the Royal Navy, and was almost immediately sent to Gibraltar, which served as a point of contention between Britain (Britain) on the one hand and the French Coalition (France) and Spanish (Spain), on the other. In 1787 Drinkwater visited Gibraltar for the second time, as part of the second battalion of the Royal Regiment. General George Elliott (George Augustus Eliott), the commander of the garrison of Gibraltar during the Great Siege, publicly thanked Drinkwater for his book. In addition, the young officer got enough money to create in Gibraltar Garrison Library, which exists to this day and is known for its presence in the collection of rare editions. Subsequently Drinkwater went with his regiment in the French Toulon (Toulon), where he served as military secretary during the British occupation of the city, and then went to Corsica (Corsica), where he served as Deputy Judge Advocate for British troops stationed there.

Drinkwater first book was published in 1785, a new edition of `siege Gibraltara` Stories (A History of the Siege of Gibraltar) was published in 1905. Four years of siege, highly eventful, also covered in detail in the `Memuarah` (Memoir) General Elliott, which are attached to the` Siege Gibraltara` Green (Green). As a soldier Drinkwater was more interested in the military side of things, rather than other aspects of the siege, but the report gives some idea of ??the suffering that had to be moved to the civilian population of the fortress. The book was already finished in 1783, and with extraordinary speed has become a classic work on military history. Curiously, `History Gibraltara` siege carefully studied author Adventures of Baron Myunhgauzena`` (The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen), when he wrote about the visit of Baron Munchausen in Gibraltar.

After completing his military career, Drinkwater was the director of a company engaged in the construction of the Regent`s Canal (Regent`s Canal Company), and earned a lot of respect by how confidently held company through financial crises, predshestvovavshieotkrytiyu channel in 1820.

Drinkwater married Eleanor Kongelton (Eleanor Congalton), gave him two sons. His son, John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune (John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune), born in 1801, was a pioneer in the field of women`s education in India of the 19th century. In 1849 he founded in Kolkata (Calcutta) girls school and donated all his possessions to her. He died in 1851-m. The second son, Charles Ramsey Drinkwater Bethune (Charles Ramsey Drinkwater Bethune), born in 1802, became the example of his father`s naval officer and retired in the rank of admiral. He died in 1884.

John Drinkwater Bethune died on January 16, 1844, at the age of 81, in Literhede, Surrey (Leatherhead, Surrey, England).