Naval General Service Medal, 1847, named to Thomas Lemon. 1st Lieut. R.M., with one clasp Trafalgar.
Confirmed on the roll.
One of ten officers and 53 men of HMS Dreadnought who received the clasp Trafalgar.
HMS Dreadnought, launched in 1801, was the 98 gun sister ship to the "fighting Temeraire" and in October 1805 was under the command of Captain John Conn. She was the eighth ship of the lee division to enter action on the day of the battle of Trafalgar and forced the surrender of the Spanish ship San Juan Nepomuceno. Seven of her crew were killed and 26 wounded at Trafalgar.
Royal Marines had a variety of roles on board the ships of the time - ranging from guard and sentry duty through to sharpshooters in battle and even gun crews. They were always the first line of both defence against an enemy boarding party and attack when they would be at the forefront of any attempt to capture an enemy ship. 2,600 Marines took part at Trafalgar with 17 officers and 332 men losing their lives. Thomas Lemon would have been one of only a handful of Royal Marine officers on board Dreadnought.