As you may remember from your school days, October 21st is the anniversary of the famous Battle of Trafalgar. I still remember most of the facts too! It was set in motion when the Peace of Amiens treaty between Britain and France collapsed, Spain became an ally to France giving Napoleon the extra ships he needed to attack and Admiral Lord Nelson lost his life during the fight.
There was of course a lot more to it than that and I did some more research of my own.
At dawn, on October 21st 1805, the epic Battle of Trafalgar began. Aboard the HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson led the British Royal Navy against Napoleon Bonaparte’s attacking fleet of ships, by sending the signal ‘England expects that every man will do his duty’ to his men.
Lord Nelson eventually won the battle against Napoleon at the cost of his own life and those of many others. He is today celebrated as one of Britain’s national heroes. Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, serves as a monument to his memory.
I’m even wearing my Union Jack cufflinks today…