Neil Palmer was the 38 year old Captain of the Royal Marines aboard HMS Vengeance (Sharpe's Siege, Chapter 5). He led the Marines into an ambush set by Cornelius Killick as they marched to the assault upon the Teste de Buch fort, though he and his men were saved from defeat by Captain William Frederickson and his Riflemen (Sharpe's Siege, Chapter 7).
He and his wife lived at Gravesend, where he had buried two of his children who had died in infancy. His eldestof two surviving children suffered fragile health. He dreamed of taking his family far from the sea after the war, a small cottage with books, a horse, an orchard. Perhaps a life as a market gardener. (Sharpe's Siege)
TelevisionEditA captain of the Prince of Wales' Own Volunteers, formerly the South Essex, He served under Colonel Horace Bampfylde and was badly wounded in the thigh at the assault on the Maquerre castle in Sharpe's Siege. The bullet was dangerously close to the artery, causing the surgeon to hesitate about removing it, until Sharpe threatened him.
He fought with Sharpe and Frederickson in repulsing General Calvet's assault on the castle, and returned with him to report Bampfylde's incompetence and cowardice.
He was played by James Rowland in the television movie.