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October 2020

Trafalgar Day - Naval Victory

Trafalgar Day

October 21

Trafalgar Day is the most important day in the calendar of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Each year on 21 October a ceremony is held on board Victory marking the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, a battle which defined the Age of Sail and which sealed British dominion of the seas for a hundred years. Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805 by Lemuel Francis Abbot 1797 Britain’s wealth, prosperity and status as a nation on the world stage…

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December 2020

St Barbara and St George

Saint Barbara’s Day

December 4

Traditionally the patron Saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder and is venerated by Catholics who face the danger of sudden and violent death in work. Saint Barbara’s Day St Barbara's Day, December 4, is celebrated by, among others,: British (Royal Artillery RAF Armourers Royal Engineers) Australian (Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, RAAF Armourers) Canadian (Explosive…

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