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Who was Nelson?

Horatio Nelson was born on 29th September, 1758, in the North Norfolk village of Burnham Thorpe, where his father was the local rector.

His mother died when he was nine, and Hotatio was just 12 when he joined the Royal Navy on his uncle's ship, HMS Raisonnable, in 1771.

His bravery in battles brought out the best in his captains and men. After being wounded in sea battles, he had only one arm and was blind in one eye.

Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson is one of the most remembered heroes of our history. He was an international hero in his own lifetime too. He was as popular as a modern footballer or popstar today. He became popular after defeating almost the entire French Fleet in 1798 and the Danes fleet in 1801.

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