On moving to Beccles on her fathers death Catherine Suckling met
and married the former curate of Beccles, the Reverend Edmund Nelson.
They moved to Hilborough, Norfolk where Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe,
Norfolk, on September 29, 1758.
He entered the Royal Navy in 1770, serving under his uncle, Captain Maurice Suckling.
In the Battle of Trafalgar, on October 21, 1805, Nelson overwhelmingly defeated the
combined French and Spanish fleets, leading the attack himself in his flagship Victory;
he was mortally wounded by a French sharpshooter, however, and died as the battle ended.
The British victory put an end to Napoleon's plans for invading England,
and ensured Britain's naval supremacy for the next hundred years.