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Foreign nationals at the Battle of Trafalgar

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The popular image of the navy in Nelson's time, is of ships manned solely by 'British Tars'. In fact the crews of the ships that fought at Trafalgar included sailors from America, Ireland, Prussia, Sweden, the West Indies, Africa, and even France and Spain, (against whom the British were fighting). On Nelson's ship HMS Victory there were twenty-two non-British nationalities. In total over 18,000 sailors and marines fought on the British side. Our picture of the painting of the death of Nelson by Daniel Maclise, includes a black sailor, second from the left.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Foreign nationals at the Battle of Trafalgar

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The Trafalgar Way - Canada House

The Trafalgar Way at Canada House The first official despatches with news of...

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E. Gordon Brettell

E. Gordon Brettell

Flight Lieutenant Edward Gordon Brettell DFC was born on 19 March 1915, the eldest of the three children of Vivian Brettell (1882-1949) and Eileen Isabella Brettell née Carroll (1887-1979). His bir...

Person, Armed Forces, Execution, Poland

War dead, WW2
1 memorial
Lord John Fisher, Admiral

Lord John Fisher, Admiral

Born Ceylon. First Sea Lord: 1904 - 1910 and 1914 - 1915. Died at 19 St James's Square.

Person, Armed Forces, Ceylon

1 memorial
H. R. W. Scheurer

H. R. W. Scheurer

Resident of Willesden who volunteered and died in the Anglo Boer War, 1899-1900.

Person, Armed Forces, South Africa

War dead, Other war
1 memorial
Wandsworth Regulars

Wandsworth Regulars

The 13th (Service) battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. Raised in the Borough of Wandsworth in 1915, the battalion was known as the Wandsworth Regulars and served with distinction in France from ...

Group, Armed Forces, France

1 memorial