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MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL WITH EGYPT CLASP TO J. GOULD, 3RD FOOT GDS.

*** RESERVED *** Military General Service Medal with Egypt clasp to J. Gould, 3rd Foot Gds.
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John Gould was born in St Mary's, Dorset and enlisted at Bath with the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards on 20 Apr 1797 and was not discharged until 13 May 1818 "in consequence of him being old and worn out." In 1801, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was formed and just a few months later the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guard was part of a British Army expedition, under the command of General Sir Ralph Abercromby, to Egypt, landing at Aboukir Bay on 8 March, with the amphibious landing being very successful despite being opposed by French defenders.

The Scots Guards also took part in the Battle of Alexandria on 21 March, with the British force numbering about 14,000 and the French around 20,000. At the latter engagement, the British forces displayed much heroism and valour, with the Guards Brigade, in the center, acting in a highly professional manner against the French forces, which ended in victory for the British. The British suffered just under 1,500 killed, wounded and missing, including their commander, General Abercromby, who was mortally wounded during the battle, while the French suffered just over 4,000 casualties. Cairo and Alexandria soon afterwards, with the whole of Egypt being recaptured by late 1801. The regiment gained its fourth battle honour with the Sphinx being placed on its Colours with Egypt superscribed on it.

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