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Admiral Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve born.

Saturday, 31 December 1763

Born in Valensole Provence France on the 31st of December 1763 Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve would join the Navy in 1778 and rise to become the Admiral commanding both French and Spanish Fleets at Trafalgar.
A Post Captain in 1793, Rear Admiral in 1796, Villeneuve commanded the Rear Division at the Battle of the Nile, his ship The Guilliaumme Tell was one of only two ships to escape the destruction of of the Fleet. He was later captured off Malta, but released by the British.
1804 saw him Vice Admiral at Toulon. 1805 He commanded the Spanish and French combined Fleets at Trafalgar. The battle against Nelson was lost and Villeneuve and his Flag Ship Bucentaure were captured and taken back to Britian.
Whilst a prisoner on parole the Admiral lived at Lord Sidmouths house, 'The Grove' ,Sonning, Berkshire.
After returning to France he was badly treated by Napoleon and committed suicide in 1806.