Napoleon Series Archive 2004

Royal Navy casualties in Nap. Wars

Salut,

I just got the latest issue of Military History magazine, which contains interesting article "Jack Tar's Life in Nerlson's Navy." Its author, Mark Simmons writes, "In the Napoleonic Wars... the Royal Navy lost 1,875 men killed in the six majopr fleet and four minor fleet actions, compared to 72,000 who died from disease or accidents on board. Another 13,600 were lost at sea."

These numbers surprised me so I tried to verify them and found the following data at http://www.nelsonsnavy.co.uk/, cited from Lewis "A social History of the Navy 1793-1815"

killed wounded total
First of June 1794 287 811 1098
Cape St. Vincent 1797 73 227 300
Camperdown 1797 203 622 825
The Nile 1798 218 677 895
Copenhagen 1801 253 688 941
Trafalgar 1805 449 1241 1690
Total 1438 4266 5749

Maybe anyone has better data on casualties?

Thanks,
Alex

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