Among those who witnessed Raleigh’s execution were John Pym and John Hampden. Outraged that the King could have a man executed at will, they were later prominent in the struggle for Parliament against the arbitrary powers of the monarch.
Towards the end of 1797, a Royal Navy admiral called at the navy’s Sick and Hurt office on the right of the picture. Recently returned from the Canary Islands, the admiral wanted to claim compensation for the loss of his right arm at the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Unfortunately, the admiral had forgotten to bring a medical certificate with him. Without the supporting paperwork, his claim to have lost an arm in the service of his country was regarded with deep scepticism by the pen pushers of Somerset House.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 39. Name the British admiral who lost an arm at the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife .
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