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apps.na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk/ trafal­gar­ances­tors This free Na­tional Ar­chives data­base records more than 18,000 in­di­vid­u­als who fought in the Bat­tle of Trafal­gar, drawn mainly from ships’ musters. Re­sults in­clude ser­vice his­to­ries and bi­o­graph­i­cal de­tails, where known. There’s a TNA re­search guide to records of the Napoleonic Wars ( na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk/ records/look­ing-for- sub­ject/ napoleon­icwars.htm), which links to re­lated sub­jects and you could also try the Genuki-hosted Trafal­gar Roll ( genuki.org.uk/ big/eng/ Trafal­gar) com­piled from awards made to the sea­men who fought with Nelson, which lists com­mand­ing of­fi­cers, crew and ca­su­al­ties. “For our an­ces­tors, the first Great War was fought from 1792 to 1815, end­ing with the Bat­tle of Water­loo. What was it like to be a sol­dier, as many of our fore­bears were, at this tu­mul­tuous time? I needed an an­swer for my re­search on the 30th Foot and when ex­plor­ing Napoleonic Lives.

“The most stim­u­lat­ing of the many web­sites I used was def­i­nitely napoleon-se­ries.org. The home­page con­veys the range of ma­te­rial on this site, some def­i­nitely for the ex­pert, but much is de­signed for a more gen­eral in­ter­est. The list of ‘Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions’ demon­strates this range, and I would par­tic­u­larly ad­vo­cate ‘Rec­om­mended Sources’ as a good start­ing point. Ac­cess­ing the ‘Dis­cus­sion Fo­rum’ pro­duces more ‘Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions’. Th­ese guide the user who wants to post a ques­tion.

“An­swers will be full and in­formed and may open up fas­ci­nat­ing lines of dis­cus­sion, as I know from my own ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Au­thor Ca­role Di­vall rec­om­mends The Napoleon Se­ries web­site

Napoleon’s Gre­nadiers on the charge at the Bat­tle of Water­loo

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