Today October 21st 1805, Admiral Horatio Nelson died after winning the battle of Trafalgar. He was 47 when he died, shot by a French sniper. He joined the navy at 12, lost an eye capturing Corsica in 1794 and his right arm at Tenerife 1797. On 1st August 1801 he won a great victory at the Nile. Four years later off the South coast of Spain he bested 31 ships from a combined French and Spanish fleet with 27 English ones. It was at this famous battle that he sent the signal:" England expects that every man will do his duty."
He ordered a frontal assault on the French line counting on superior sailing and gunnery to see his ships through. It was while his ship, the Victory, was entangled with a French one that he was fatally wounded. He was carried below decks, where he died after hearing the battle was won. His dying words aresupposed to have been:“Now I am satisfied. Thank God I have done my duty.” He was buried in England at St Paul’s in a coffin made from the French warship Orient, destroyed at the Nile.
The Battle of Trafalgar was a spectacular victory. The French lost 19 ships and 14000 sailors, whereas English losses were 1500 and no ships lost.
Napoleon would never again have the chance to invade England.