Admiral Horatio Nelson

“Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.” “Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.” – Admiral Nelson Lord Horatio Nelson was one of Britain’s greatest naval commanders. He had a long and distinguished career, in which he gained a reputation as a master tactician and for great personal bravery. Nelson is a compelling example of someone who has found and embraced his or her role. At the age of only 12, Nelson joined the navy as an apprentice working in the lowest naval ranks. However his aptitude and enthusiasm for his job saw him rapidly rise through the ranks, until he was given his own ship and made a captain at only 20 years old. Over the years, Nelson developed a reputation as a very good commander, who was daring, bold and – when necessary – willing to disobey orders. He would lose his right arm and the sight in one of his eyes in the fulfillment of his post. Nelson’s crowning moment came at the Battle of Trafalgar, where Britain’s decisive victory over Napoleon’s fleet ended the threat of a French invasion of England. It also cost Nelson his life. Shortly before his death, he was heard to murmur – “Thank God I have done my duty.”