Horatio Nelson

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Date of Birth September 29, 1758
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Oct 21, 1805 (47)
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Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded in combat, losing sight in one eye in Corsica at the age of 36, and most of one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife when he was 40. He was fatally shot during his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson was born into a moderately prosperous Norfolk family and joined the navy through the influence of his uncle, Maurice Suckling, a high-ranking naval officer. Nelson rose rapidly through the ranks and served with leading naval commanders of the period before obtaining his own command at the age of 20 in 1778.

Born: 29 September 1758, Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
Died: October 21, 1805, HMS Victory, off Cape Trafalgar, Spain
Buried at: St Paul's Cathedral
Allegiance: Great Britain, United Kingdom, British Empire
Service/branch: Royal Navy
Years of service: 1771–1805
Rank: Vice-Admiral of the White
Commands held: Mediterranean Fleet
Battles/wars: American War of Independence, Battle of Fort San Juan, Battle of Grand Turk War of the First Coalition, Siege of Calvi (WIA), Battle of Genoa, Battle of Hyères Islands, Battle of Cape St Vincent (WIA), Attack on Cadiz, Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (WIA), Battle of the Nile (WIA) War of the Second Coalition, Siege of Malta, Battle of Copenhagen, Raid on Boulogne War of the Third Coalition, Battle of Trafalgar (DOW)
Awards: Knight of the Order of the Bath, Several others (see below)
Spouse(s): Frances Nisbet

About Horatio Nelson

Royal Navy officer who served during the Napoleonic Wars and was killed during his Battle of Trafalgar victory.

Before Fame

He began to suffer from seasickness early in his maritime career and was plagued by the condition throughout his life.


He had a monument, Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, erected in his honor.

Family Life

He married Frances Nisbet in 1787.


His legacy inspired Winston Churchill during WWII.

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