|Died||31 October 1811|
|Commands held|| HMS Melampus |
|Battles/wars||French Revolutionary Wars|
Vice Admiral Thomas Wells (1759 – 31 October 1811) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.
The Royal Navy (RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. Although warships were used by the English kings from the early medieval period, the first major maritime engagements were fought in the Hundred Years War against the Kingdom of France. The modern Royal Navy traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK's armed services, it is known as the Senior Service.
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| Commander-in-Chief, The Nore |
Sir Henry Stanhope