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Historic plaque commemorating the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson is stolen


A plaque, which marked the birthplace of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, was stolen sometime this month. Norfolk Police have now issued a plea for anyone with information to come forward as they try to hunt down the missing memorial plaque and those involved in its theft.

Lord Nelson is widely regarded as England's greatest naval commander in history.

The plaque was donated in 1959 by the flagship of the Home Fleet HMS Tyne.

The Home Fleet was one of the Royal Navy's main fleets and operated in British waters from 1902 until 1967.

The memorial was placed near the site of the former rectory in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, where Lord Nelson was born in 1758.

It had been displayed on a garden wall near his birthplace for 63 years before it was stolen sometime this month.

The Burnham Thorpe-born hero first learned to sail while being raised in the Norfolk village.

Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, became a historic British hero after decisive naval victories during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

It is said that on his death bed Nelson told those around him: "Thank God I have done my duty. God and my country."