Horation Nelson - A Local Hero

'I am myself a Norfolk man . . . and glory in being so'

On the 29th September 1758, the sixth child of Reverend Edmund and Catherine Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. This child would grow up to be one of the most famous people in British history.

Nelson's Early Life

From his childhood home in Burnham Thorpe, Nelson went to school at Paston Grammar School in North Walsham and on to Norwich School, but by the time he was 12 he had been enrolled in the Navy. His first appointment was as a Ordinary Seaman on HMS Raisonnable. Shortly after reporting he was made a midshipman and started officer training.

Nelson and Trafalgar

On 21st October 1805, HMS Victory with 26 other British Navy ships engaged in battle with 33 allied ships at Cape Trafalgar. As the ships moved towards each other, Nelson raised the famous thirty-one flag signal saying "England expects that every man will do his duty". Victory took out the French flagship, then moved towards Redoutable. Unfortunately her size meant that she could fire down on to Victory. One of these bullets hit Nelson through his left shoulder, fatally wounding him.

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