Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Max Redresses the Balance on Admiral Collingwood

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Max Redresses the Balance on Admiral Collingwood

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Byline: By David Whetstone

Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero by Max Adams (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pounds 20)

In this of all years, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, it is right that one of the region's most notable sons should get the credit he deserves.

Gateshead writer and broadcaster Max Adams stumbled upon Admiral Lord Collingwood's relative obscurity when researching a TV series about North-East heroes. He found that different books about Nelson, Collingwood's commanding officer at Trafalgar until he was killed, could fill shelves. Collingwood biographies, on the other hand, were few and far between. "Collingwood is not a national hero," he declares in the book he wrote to redress the balance a tiny bit. "His memorials are a naval school of gunnery, one or two monuments, and 27 streets, schools and public houses named after him in Newcastle. Even here, though, Nelson beats him with 28."

While North-East people might look proudly at the Collingwood memorial at Tynemouth, Nelson's Column has pride of place in London's Trafalgar Square. …

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