LLOYD'S USES PATRIOTIC FUND FOR WAR RELIEF

LLOYD'S USES PATRIOTIC FUND FOR WAR RELIEF

During the Napoleonic wars, whenever Lloyd's of London received news of a successful fleet action, a fund would be raised for the relief of the wounded and for the dependents of seamen and marines killed or fatally injured.

Lloyd's also made awards of silver to officers for "conspicuous gallantry."After the battle of the Nile, UK38,000 were subscribed, including UK500 as a personal tribute to Lord Nelson.

The Patriotic Fund, which started in 1803 as a nationwide charitable subscription for soldiers and sailors, is still in existence. At Lloyd's, there are silver vases and ceremonial swords presented by the fund to officers during the Nopoleonic War. Several were awarded after the battle of Trafalgar.

An historic record of this battle is the logbook of the frigate HMS Euryalus, open at the page that carries this entry, "At 11.56 repeated Lord Nelson's telegraph message 'England expects that every man will do his duty."'