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Gibraltar  Lieutenant William Forster and


 The TRAFALGAR   Captain Thomas Norman



        The headstones of Lieutenant William Forster and
        Captain Thomas Norman stand together.
                                                                        EURYALUS, AT SEA, OCT. 22. 1805.
 Cemetery  Lieutenant Forster served on HMS Colossus, a frigate   The Honourable General H. E. Fox. &c., &c.,
                                                                           To His Excellency, the Right Hon.
        of 74 guns launched in 1803. She was known as a
        large 74 because she carried 24 pounder cannon on
                                                                                                  at Gibraltar
        her upper gun deck as opposed to the usual 18
        pounders. At the Battle of Trafalgar, her Captain was
        James Nicoll Morris. Colossus was in Collingwood’s   Sir,
        lee column. During the engagement, she fought the    Yesterday a Battle was fought by His
 Few people want to die unremembered. In most cases, the funeral service is attended by family   French 74, Swiftsure and became entangled with   Majesty’s Fleet, and a Victory gained, which
 members and the ceremony gives closure to them. For the families of many of those buried at the   another French 74, Argonaute. The Spanish 74,
 Trafalgar Cemetery in Gibraltar that was not possible. Gibraltar was a military base and the families   Bahama joined the melee and Argonaute broke free.   will stand recorded as one of the most
 were hundreds or thousands of miles away, not even aware of the death of their husband, father or   Shortly afterwards Bahama surrendered to Colossus   brilliant and decisive, that ever distinguished
 son until weeks after the event. It was left to colleagues and friends to provide a fitting memorial for   after losing her main mast and then Swiftsure did
 the deceased. They choose to do that by recording the historic moment of death providing future   likewise after losing both main and mizzen. The   the British Navy ......Our loss has been great
 generations with a snapshot of history and a reminder of the departed’s ‘finest hour’.  carnage during this action can only be imagined, and it   in Men; but what is irreparable, and the cause
 Consecrated in June 1798, the Trafalgar Cemetery, Gibraltar, then known as Southport Ditch   was to prove fatal to Lieutenant William Forster aged   of Universal Lamentation is the Death of the
 Cemetery, was only in use for 16 years, until 1814. A plaque on a wall at the cemetery mistakenly   20 years who died of his wounds later the same day   Noble Commander in Chief, who died in the
 gives the dates as 1708 to 1835, confusion possibly caused by the Southport Ditch Cemetery once   and was buried at Gibraltar.
 having been attached to St. Jago’s Cemetery, sometimes called Deadman’s Cemetery. St. Jago’s was   Captain Thomas Norman of the Royal Marine Corps   arms of Victory; I have not yet any reports
 on the ‘inside’ of the section of Charles V wall that abuts the Trafalgar Cemetery.  served on HMS Mars, another 74. During the battle,   from the Ships ....
 Despite its name, the Trafalgar Cemetery in Gibraltar only has two men interred there who died as a   Mars took fire from five French and Spanish 74s and   I have to congratulate you on the Great
        was heavily damaged. After the battle, the Mars
 result of that naval battle out of a total of 430 British deaths.
        carried a distinguished prisoner, the French Admiral   Event, and have the Honour to be.
        Villeneuve, Commander of the French fleet, who had
        been captured when his flagship, Bucentaure, was     Your obedient servant.
        taken. Captain Thomas Norman was wounded during                         (Signed) C.COLLINGWOOD
        the action but took 44 days to die of ‘a fever wound’.
        Collingwood’s dispatch following the battle was
        printed in the Gibraltar Chronicle and is a masterpiece
        of British understatement. It is reproduced on a stone
        plaque in the cemetery.
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