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NELSON NEPOTISM SCANDAL; Navy hero's great great great great great great nephew joins marines.

LORD Nelson would probably have turned a blind eye to the banter.

But direct descendant Craig Nelson was repelling some mischievous broadsides about nepotism from his mates yesterday - after he qualified as a Royal Marine.

Craig, 24, is - wait for it - the great-great-great-great-great-great nephew of the great Horatio, hero of the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.

And now he has a scroll to prove it.

As a gift at his passing out parade with the Royal Marines 747 squad at Lympstone, Devon, he was presented with a family tree chronicling his lineage.

Craig, who hails from the kiss-me-Hardy county of Dorset, plans to become a PT instructor with the green berets - a level of fitness old uncle would have given his right arm for. And like his family, who have a piece of Lord Nelson's HMS Victory mounted on a plaque at their Bournemouth home, he's proud of his heritage.

He claimed, though: "I don't know if it made me want to join the forces. I think it is what I would have wanted to have done anyway."

Tell that to the marines.
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Author:Clarke, Tim
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 20, 1999
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