Battle of Trafalgar, October 1805
The London Gazette Extraordinary, published on 6 November 1805, published Vice-Admiral Collingwood’s dispatches from the Battle of Trafalgar. Collingwood reflects on the ‘ever to be lamented Death of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, who, in the late Conflict with the Enemy, fell in the Hour of Victory’.
Collingwood writes that ‘...the Spirit which animated all was the same; when all exert themselves zealously in their Country’s Service, all deserve that their high Merits should stand recorded; and never was high Merit more conspicuous than in the Battle I have described.’
His dispatches describe the heroic actions of HMS’ Victory, Temeraire, Neptune, Conqueror, Thunderer, Defiance and others against the fleet of Admiral Villeneuve and the Prince of Asturia.
See the original issue here Issue 15858 of the London Gazette.