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The death of Vice Admiral Nelson

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. Noted for his inspirational leadership and unconventional tactics, these resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing the sight in one eye in Corsica and most of one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife. On 21 October 1805, the Franco-Spanish fleet came out of port, and Nelson's fleet engaged them at the Battle of Trafalgar. The battle was Britain's greatest naval victory, but during the action, Nelson, aboard HMS Victory, was fatally wounded by a French sharpshooter. His body was brought back to England where he was accorded a state funeral months later.


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“Thank God I have done my duty.”

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson

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