Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson
Order of the Bath
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(29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a flag officer
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famous for his service in the Royal Navy
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, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars
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. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye.