25 August 2016:

The Trafalgar Medal

In 1840, Captain James Cottell Royal Marines painted a watercolour entitled: 'The Trafalgar Medal'. The painting depicts a sailor wearing his unofficial medal on the back of his tunic whilst a soldier proudly wears his official Waterloo medal on his left chest.

Cottell painted many cartoons and wrote several letters complaining that the Battle of Trafalgar was not celebrated and that no government medal had been awarded for the battle.  

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