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The scene on the Orlop deck where Nelson died has been stripped back to just a lantern on the bare deck.<br />
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Auctioneers expect a high price for this poignant item of Nelsonian history...<br />
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The service medal awarded to one of the men who carried a mortally wound Lord Nelson down from the deck where he was shot to his deathbed has emerged for sale for £30,000.<br />
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Able Seaman James Sharman was 20 years old when he served on the HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.<br />
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After Nelson was shot by an eagle-eyed French sniper in the rigging, he helped carry him down to the Orlop deck.<br />
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Sharman was also the inspiration for the Charles Dickens' character Ham Peggotty in his 1850 novel David Copperfield, after the famous author read about his heroic rescue of a crew member from a sea disaster.<br />
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Sharman's Naval Service Medal, with a Trafalgar clasp, is being sold with auction house Peter Wilson, of Nantwich, Cheshire.