Viscount Nelson Gallery
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy
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Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories during the Napoleonic Wars. He is remembered as one of Britain's greatest military heroes and he has been immortalised in monuments, memorials and place names throughout the country. Nelson was born into a moderately prosperous Norfolk family and joined the navy through the influence of his uncle. He rose rapidly through the ranks and served with leading naval commanders of the period before obtaining his own command at age 20 in 1778. He developed a reputation in the service through his personal valour and firm grasp of tactics but suffered periods of illness and unemployment after the end of hostilities with France at Toulon in 1793. Nelson returned to service under Admiral Horatio Lord St Vincent before being given command over several ships including HMS Agamemnon at Cadiz Bay where he successfully blockaded Spanish forces during their attempt to break out from Cadiz harbour. In 1801 he moved to become commander-in-chief on Mediterranean station where he oversaw operations against French forces occupying Egypt which culminated with victory at Battle of Aboukir Bay on 1 August 1801; this victory earned him promotion to Vice Admiral as well as national acclaim for himself and his men.