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“Who better deserved the thanks of his country: Nelson or Wellington?”

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History may speak for itself as to which deserves the greatest praise, but why not join us for a live debate and then decide for yourself.

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain.

He was commissioned as an ensign in the British Army in 1787. He was a Colonel by 1796 and saw action in the Netherlands and in India. He won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in 1803.

Wellesley rose to prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, and was promoted to the rank of Field Marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French Empire at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813. During the Hundred Days in 1815, he commanded the allied army which defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Wellington's battle record is exemplary; he ultimately participated in some 60 battles during the course of his military career.

After the end of his active military career, he returned to politics. He was twice British Prime Minister.

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Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, which together resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars.

Nelson was born into a moderately prosperous Norfolk family and joined the navy. He rose rapidly through the ranks obtaining his own command at the age of 20 in 1778. He won a decisive victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile. In 1801 he was dispatched to the Baltic and won beat the Danes at the Battle of Copenhagen. On 21 October 1805, the Franco-Spanish fleet came out of port, and Nelson's fleet engaged them at the Battle of Trafalgar. During the action Nelson, aboard HMS Victory, was fatally wounded by a French sharpshooter. The significance of the victory and his death during the battle led to his signal, "England expects that every man will do his duty", being regularly quoted.

Two highly successful men, the question is “Who better deserved the thanks of his country: Nelson or Wellington?”

The debate will be between prominent author Dr Russ Foster speaking on behalf of Wellington, and Huw Williams, of Partner Geldards LLP for Nelson.

About our speakers:

Russ Foster is a graduate of Southampton University. Now a freelance historian, he has written well over 100 articles on subjects ranging from Alfred the Great to Margaret Thatcher. He is also the author of three books: The Politics of County Power (1990), Wellington and Waterloo. The Duke, the Battle and Posterity 1815-2015((2014), and Sidney Herbert. Too Short a Life (2019). Russ is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Russ is arguing for Wellington.

Huw Williams was Alabare's first Ambassador in Wales. Huw is a longstanding student of naval and maritime history and a member of the HMS Dragon Auxilliary Mess, a business group formed to support the Welsh capital's affiliated warship. A solicitor by profession Huw has recently retired from private practice in Cardiff and has been appointed the Chief Legal Adviser to the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales.

Timeline for the evening:

• Enjoy drinks on arrival at 7pm.

• Welcome and introduction with Commodore Richard Lord, Chairman of Alabaré's Wiltshire Ambassadors, at 7:30pm.

• A pre-indicative vote will be held, and then each speaker will be given 20 minutes each to state his case, and the audience will have a short opportunity to pose questions.

• After both arguments have been presented a post-indicative vote will be held!

• Share drinks and nibbles at around 8:30pm, leading to the evening’s finish at 9pm.

Parking: There is a small amount of on-site parking available plus street parking.

This event is not suitable for children under 14.

If you have any additional questions please contact h.abbey@alabare.co.uk

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