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Descendants invited to Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations in the Orkney Islands

Posted  11 December 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
The gun crew of "P" turret of the battlecruiser HMS NEW ZEALAND posing for a group portrait after the Battle of Jutland. © IWM (Q 64301B)

The Orkney Islands will host a commemorative event for descendants of those who fought in the Battle of Jutland.

Descendants of those who served at sea in the First World War are invited to take part in events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

The Orkney Islands commemorative events will include a morning service on 31 May 2016 at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. This will be followed by a ceremony at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery at Hoy, where over 400 Commonwealth servicemen and German sailors from the First World War are buried – some as young as 16.

The Battle of Jutland was the most significant naval engagement of the First World War, involving over 100,000 sailors and 250 ships. More than 6,000 Royal Navy and 2,500 German sailors lost their lives.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 January 2016. Visit gov.uk to download the application form.

There will also be a series of other events across the country to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. These include:

> A service of remembrance at sea on Jutland Bank by British and German ships;
> Royal Navy remembrance events in Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth;
> The opening of HMS Caroline – the only surviving ship that saw action at the Battle of Jutland – in Belfast as a museum and visitor attraction; and
> The laying of commemorative paving stones to remember the four Victoria Cross recipients from the Battle of Jutland.

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