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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2020 8:26 p.m. PST

"In Tewkesbury's Holy Trinity Church, there is a wall plaque that commemorates a certain William Sandilands, who served on board HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and who died in April 1867. His obituary in the Tewkesbury Register gave his age as 89 and further stated that he was "the last survivor" of the three men who carried the wounded Admiral Nelson down from the quarter-deck to the cockpit of the Victory.[1]

The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 was a milestone in history, in that it established the maritime supremacy upon which Britain's wealth and power in the following century was founded. As 2005 is the bi-centenary of the battle, it is my intention to examine the part played by this man of Tewkesbury and attempt to establish whether the claims made on Sandilands' behalf were true. For the sake of simplicity, this account will be traced chronologically, rather than as it unfolded during the course of the research that has been completed to date…"
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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2020 4:40 p.m. PST

I spent a night in Tewkesbury a few years ago. Nice place.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2020 7:53 p.m. PST



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