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Portsmouth
Portsmouth

South East England

Grand Parade

Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk 1758 - o/b Victory near Trafalgar 1805
English Vice Admiral
(Wikipedia)
Frederick Brook Hitch
date?

Portsmouth /  Horatio Nelson   Portsmouth /  Horatio Nelson

Description

Bronze statue.

Inscription(s)

21 OCTOBER
1805

horatio viscount nelsen kb
duke of bronte in sicily
vice-admiral of the white
his last hours in england
before leaving for the battle of
trafalgar were spent at the
george hotel high st portsmouth
which hotel was destroyed with
a great part of portsmouth in
a german air raid on this city
on january 10th-11 1941
his remains were brought to
spithead december 4th 1805 on
board h.m.s. victory which ship
was badly damaged in the forefoot
by a bomb in a raid on the
10th march 1941
NELSON'S PRAYER
may the great god whom
i worship grant to my country
and for the beefit of europe in
general a great and glorious
victory and may no misconduct
in any one tarnish it. and may
humanity after victory be the
predominant feature in the ++
british fleet. for myself individually
i commit my life to him that made
me and may his blessing alight
on my endeavours for serving
my country faithfully. to him
i resign myself and the just cause
which it is entrusted to me
to defend
amen. amen. amen

presented
by
herbert j. aldous l.r.c.s. l.s.a.
from whose designs
the sculptor worked
f. brook hitch f.r.b.s.

On the staps:

here served horatio nelson
you who tread his footsteps
remember his glory

Signature

f. brook hitch / f.r.b.s. sc.

Information Sign

The Statue
Lord Nelson in the undress uniform he wore when leaving Portsmouth for Trafalgar. The coat which he was wearing when mortually wounded has been carefully copied. He was short and thin but this cannot be shown in a single statue for if made thin, he appears tall. The uniform is correct to the smallest detail. The sword is a copy of the one he always wore. Portsmouth was the last English town he ever saw.

The statue was originally located at Pembroke Gardens in Southsea. It was moved to this more prominent and historic location in October 2005 to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 50°47'20" W 1°6'19"

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