Horatio Nelson Gallery
Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval commander and national hero
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Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval commander and national hero. He is best known for his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 12. He rose quickly through the ranks and was given command of his own ship at the age of 20. Nelson was an aggressive and daring commander, and he quickly gained a reputation for his tactical skill and bravery. He was involved in several major naval battles, including the Battle of the Nile in 1798, where he destroyed the French fleet. He was also instrumental in the British victory at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. Nelson was made a Viscount in 1801 and was given command of the Mediterranean fleet in 1803. He was determined to defeat the French fleet and prevent Napoleon from invading Britain. In October 1805, he led the British fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was killed during the battle, but his victory ensured that Britain would remain a major naval power. Nelson is remembered as one of Britain's greatest naval heroes. He was a master tactician and a brave and inspirational leader. His legacy lives on in the many monuments and memorials that have been erected in his honour. He is also remembered for his famous signal to his fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar: "England expects that every man will do his duty.