Lord Nelson and the Loss of his Arm

By H.T.A. Bosanquet, published August 1952


This article sets out the various surgeons who might have been responsible for taking off Nelson’s arm after the battle of Santa Cruz to establish what exactly happened. When Nelson transferred to the Theseus he took with him Thomas Eshelby the surgeon and Louis Remonier the surgeon’s mate. Having been wounded in the attack Nelson immediately had to return to the Theseus for the amputation to take place.   The article deals with the accounts which followed, including the descendant of one claimant.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Nelson | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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