The Thomas Hardye School

Descendent of Nelson speaks to students




The library and the English department hosted a visit by Adam Preston, a writer and Nelson descendant who launched the Trafalgar Way short story competition.

He spoke about the route which was taken from Falmouth to London, passing through Dorchester with the news of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Nelson. He spoke to year 9 students and launched the competition for them. He added : “This is all about becoming a part of The Trafalgar Way story yourself - if you are a winner, you’re going to be presented with your prize on HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship.”

Adam’s specially commissioned short story ‘An Urgent Message’ which imagines what it might have been like for Lieutenant Lapenotiere to deliver his dispatch, is being used to help inspire young people to get writing and is available to read or download on The Trafalgar Way website.  

The competition, which is open to three age categories, is open to those who live in the counties and districts along The Trafalgar Way. Its route goes through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey as well as the London boroughs of Hounslow, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster. The older age category is also open to Sea Cadets, Royal Naval personnel and Royal Marine Reserves resident anywhere in the UK.

The Trafalgar Way short story competition judges are:
Dan Snow BBC Historian and TV Presenter
Megan Rix, Author
Peter Hore, Author, Biographer, Journalist
Katie Jamieson, Blogger, Adventurer, Nelson expert

More details at this website:



September 2018