Thomas Hardy black plaque in Plymouth

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reputedly lived
Admiral Sir T. M. Hardy
Bart. C.C.B. Born 1769
Captain of the Fleet at Trafalgar 1805 and witness to Nelson's immortal dying words aboard H.M.S. Victory 'Kiss Me Hardy'
First Sea Lord 1830-1834
Governor Greenwich Hospital 1834
Died 1839

Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, 1st Baronet GCB (5 April 1769 – 20 September 1839) was a Royal Navy officer. He took part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent in February 1797, the Battle of the Nile in August 1798 and the Battle of Copenhagen in April 1801 during the French Revolutionary Wars. He served as flag captain to Admiral Lord Nelson, and commanded HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was shot as he paced the decks with Hardy, and as he lay dying, Nelson's famous remark of "Kiss me, Hardy" was directed at him. Hardy went on to become First Naval Lord in November 1830 and in that capacity refused to become a Member of Parliament and encouraged the introduction of steam warships.

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