|Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) © NMM|
He became the most popular British hero of his time. His victories were the brightest point in long years of war with France, and caught the public imagination.
The government helped create a Nelson legend, portraying him as a model of duty and devotion to the country, and ignoring his failures.
Nelson remains famous to this day, and his message to the fleet at Trafalgar - urging every man to do his duty - is still well known.