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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: RCNC 247 Robert Montgomery; 2933 Maurice Lalonde; 3069 William A McColl; 3120 Rick Edwards – Five Year Membership; 3329 William R Vallevand; 4518 Gregory K Welch; 4838 James E Morwick – Lifetime membership; 6181 Anthony J Halliday – Lifetime Membership; 6326 Walter S Yankowich; 6587 W Doug Armstrong;
6908 Barry Grace – Lifetime membership; 7200 Rod Sword – Lifetime Membership; 7729 Ross F Carruthers; 7769 Michael A Lawrance; 9277 Robert Milburn; 10725 Bruce G Morrison – Lifetime membership; 10777 Tony Wojcik; 11001 William F Schultz; 11133 Kenneth Orr.
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Obituary – received at press time – 3123 George Edward (Ted) Forman –
Visitation will take place at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Monday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Services at St. John the Apostle Church, 2340 Baseline Road, Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. More…
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QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK
Morale building quotes from Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson:
“No Captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.”
“Time is everything. Five minutes make the difference between defeat and victory.”
“My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is sure to be envied.”
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed.
Nelson was born into a moderately prosperous Norfolk family and joined the navy through the influence of his uncle, Maurice Suckling. He rose rapidly through the ranks and served with leading naval commanders of the period before obtaining his own command in 1778. He developed a reputation in the service through his personal valour and firm grasp of tactics but suffered periods of illness and unemployment after the end of the American War of Independence. The outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars allowed Nelson to return to service, where he was particularly active in the Mediterranean. He fought in several minor engagements off Toulon and was important in the capture of Corsica and subsequent diplomatic duties with the Italian states. In 1797, he distinguished himself while in command of HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent.
Shortly after the battle, Nelson took part in the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where his attack was defeated and he was badly wounded, losing his right arm, and was forced to return to England to recuperate. The following year, he won a decisive victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile and remained in the Mediterranean to support the Kingdom of Naples against a French invasion. In 1801, he was dispatched to the Baltic and won another victory, this time over the Danes at the Battle of Copenhagen. He subsequently commanded the blockade of the French and Spanish fleets at Toulon and, after their escape, chased them to the West Indies and back but failed to bring them to battle. After a brief return to England, he took over the Cádiz blockade in 1805. On 21 October 1805, the Franco-Spanish fleet came out of port, and Nelson’s fleet engaged them at the Battle of Trafalgar. The battle was Britain’s greatest naval victory, but during the action Nelson was fatally wounded by a French sniper. His body was brought back to England where he was accorded a state funeral.
Nelson’s death at Trafalgar secured his position as one of Britain’s most heroic figures. The significance of the victory and his death during the battle led to his famous signal, “England expects that every man will do his duty“, being regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day. Numerous monuments, including Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, have been created in his memory and his legacy remains highly influential.