Lieutenant Eccleston, as portrayed by Robert Bathurst

Eccles (Eccleston in the TV series) was first lieutenant during Hornblower's tour as Midshipman aboard HMS Indefatigable under Pellew. Eccles was in command of the cutting-out of the Papillonboarding her with the launch from the starboard quarter. When the Papillon came under fire from the shore batteries, Eccles and Chadd, the second lieutenant, were fatally injured. Before dying, Eccles placed Hornblower in command of the Papillon, a fact which upset Jack Simpson.