A Trafalgar Hero?

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    Chris Donnithorne

    Work on the Naval Biographical Database sometimes takes me down some interesting rabbit holes! Recently I came across a brief note in the United Services Gazette for 8 Nov 1856:
    “A TRAFALGAR HERO – On the 26th ult., in Ipswich Union, died John Claxton, aged 75 years. He was onboard the Victory, Lord Nelson’s ship, on the memorable 21st of October, 1805, and he often said he saw his commander fall. Efforts were made to get him into Greenwich Hospital, but he having unfortunately entered himself in a wrong name, and forgotten the name he then assumed, all efforts were fruitless.’

    Was this just a good story, or is there some factual foundation?
    Chris Donnithorne

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