On This Day
1850-1899 > Colonial Navies & RN
On This Day - 1850-1899
- November 25, 1899
The Naval Brigade from HMS POWERFUL, a flagship of the Australia Station, fought in the Battle of Graspan against the Boers in South Africa.
- June 28, 1899
HMS PIONEER, (3rd class cruiser), later HMAS PIONEER, was launched at Chatham, England.
- January 7, 1899
VADM Sir John Collins, KBE, CB, was born at Deloraine, TAS.
- April 28, 1898
HMVS NELSON was decommissioned and sold out of service.
- February 2, 1898
CAPT R. P. Minifie, DSC and two Bars, an Australian who served with the RNAS, was born in Melbourne. Minifie was Australia’s youngest air ace of the First World War, being credited with shooting down 21 enemy aircraft.