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The 2017 Battle of Cape St Vincent Lecture and Buffet Luncheon

17/02/2017 @ 12:30 - 16:00


The 2017 Battle of Cape St Vincent Lecture and Buffet Luncheon

From 12.30. Friday 17th February 2017. The Union Jack Club, London, SE1 8UJ

El Tigre, the canon, the Spanish claim, responsible for Nelson losing his arm                                                                                                 The Spanish defeat Nelson’s final assault on Santa Cruz

 To commemorate Nelson’s first great victory in 1797 off Portugal’s Cape St Vincent, The Nelson Society is returning to The Union Jack Club for this always popular fixture (just a few yards from exit 2 of Waterloo Station, so easy access from all parts of the UK.)

Over the past few years the event has boasted top guest speakers like Andrew Lambert, the internationally renowned author and British Naval Historian, Jessica Lewis, Curator of the Cutty Sark and Martyn Downer, the former Head of Jewellery at Sothebys and leading expert on historic artefacts, especially relating to Lord Nelson.

The 2017 lecture is ‘‘SANTA CRUZ – A BATTLE LOST’ by the Society’s Vice Chairman, Lt Col Ray Aldis. A soldier’s view of why Nelson, so brilliant in his sea battles, suffered a crushing defeat when he tried to seize Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in July 1797.

Lt Col Ray Aldis was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst in 1968 into the infantry (The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment).  Service with his Battalion then followed in Malta, Cyprus, Germany and several tours in Northern Ireland, culminating with command of the Regiment’s 4th Battalion in Preston, Lancashire. Retirement from the Army enabled him to develop his life-long interest in fellow Norfolk man, Admiral Lord Nelson.  He has recently been appointed vice chairman of The Nelson Society and he now regularly lectures on the subject of Nelson and his battles, in particular bringing an experienced military eye to matters of leadership and tactics.

12.30: ‘Welcome Beverage’ in the ground floor bar

13.15: Buffet lunch in the Gascoyne Room

14.15: Meeting Introduction

14.30: Guest Speaker and Q&A session (Lt Col Ray Aldis ‘Santa Cruz – A Battle Lost’)

15.55: Notices and Future events

16.05: Close

Book early as numbers are limited: please return the form click here (2017 lecture) or email amanda@ganjou.com

Paul Ganjou. 

Chairman, The Nelson Society.



12:30 - 16:00