'United Service'


Andrew Morton's painting shows a visit by army pensioners from Chelsea Hospital (in red uniforms) to their naval counterparts (in green) at Greenwich. Nine of the Greenwich pensioners in the picture had served under Admiral Nelson at various times. Towards the right of the painting is John Deman, a Black sailor who served with Nelson in the West Indies. Research to identify his pension records at The National Archives is continuing.

National Maritime Museum BHC1159 (early to mid 19th century)
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