Trafalgar Day Service
Sunday 22nd October at 11.30
Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
Each year Exeter Cathedral holds a service which remembers the loss of this country’s greatest ever naval leader and the lives of men on both sides who perished in the fierce battle, or subsequently, from their injuries.
There were 1,115 men of Devon who fought with Admiral Nelson at
the Battle of Trafalgar, many more than from any other British
county. Their long tradition of experience and expertise as seamen
meant they were highly valued by the Royal Navy.
To commemorate them on the Bicentenary of the Battle, the Exeter
Flotilla presented a memorial Trafalgar Roll to Exeter Cathedral in
2005. It shows for each man his rank or rate, age, the ship he
served in and his Devon birthplace.
The Roll is available for examination throughout the year in the Cathedral Library.
All are welcome to attend this act of worship.