Memorial for Nelson and lives lost at sea

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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A MEMORIAL service will be held in Portsmouth on Sunday to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and to commemorate the life of Admiral Lord Nelson who died securing victory in the Battle of Trafalgar 206 years ago.

The annual service of remembrance for Seafarers will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral in Old Portsmouth at 11.15am and will be led by the Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Reverend David Brindley.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will be joined by the Mayors of Havant, Fareham and Gosport for the service, along with senior officers from the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

At midday, wreaths will be laid at the statue of Lord Nelson in Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth, in recognition of the naval hero. Among those paying tribute will be the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Charles Montgomery and the current commanding officer of Nelson’s ship HMS Victory, Lt Cdr Oscar Whild.

The service comes ahead of Trafalgar Day on Friday, October 21 – the celebration of Nelson’s victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.