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Engraving showing 'The Ball which killed Lord Nelson', Engla

Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was an immensely popular naval hero. He died from a bullet wound during the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This small illustration was published in the 'Medical Journal' and shows the bullet, dented from its impact upon bone and complete with shreds of Nelson’s clothing. Many people kept items such as this as keepsakes after his death. Nelson’s body was returned t…