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More details on the forgotten Trafalgar hero Captain Eaton

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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FOLLOWING your article on have we forgotten our own Trafalgar hero, Captain James Eaton, in The Bugle (December 19 edition) I thought readers would be interested in the following information.

The Appledore Maritime Museum hosted a Trafalgar Weekend in 2005, a three-day exhibition and lectures and a church parade .

We obtained The Ayshford Complete Trafalgar Roll which gives the biographical details of the 21,000 men at the battle and enabled our visitors to see if any of their forebears were present.

I checked on James Eaton and his entry is as follows:-

Ship: Temeraire.

Age on joining: 21.

Joined ship March 10, 1804, from Atalante.

Rank: Midshipman.

Promoted Lieutenant, 1806.

Birthplace: Landogo.

Baptised: March 11, 1785,

at Landogo, Monmouth,

son of James & Elizabeth.

Awarded Naval General Service Medal.

Additional Clasps: Java (Lion)

Prize Money: £ 10 14s 2d.

Parliamentary Award: £ 26 6s 0d.

Died February 28, 1857,

West Bromwich, Staffs.

It then sets out the inscription on his gravestone. If any of your readers would like a search I will be happy to oblige. Regards.

Bernard Smith,


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