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UK Government to commemorate Battle of Jutland centenary with events in the Orkney Islands

Posted  13 October 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
Ship's Honour Board, Jutland 1916. © IWM (MAR 648)

The Culture Secretary has announced the UK Government’s plans to commemorate the 1916 Battle of Jutland, which brought together the two most powerful naval forces of the time in the largest naval battle of the First World War.

There will be a series of commemorative events in the Orkney Islands on 31 May 2016. This will be an opportunity for people in the UK to come together to honour those on both sides who lost their lives during the Battle of Jutland and to recognise the pivotal role of the Royal Navy in the First World War.

The commemorative events will include:
> A service at St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall on Orkney Mainland
> A commemorative event at the Royal Navy Cemetery at Lyness on the island of Hoy
> A wreath-laying ceremony at sea on Jutland Bank by British and German ships
> The Royal Navy will support commemorations in the Orkney Islands with a major warship
> The opening of HMS Caroline in Belfast as a museum and visitor attraction
> The laying of commemorative paving stones to commemorate the four Victoria Cross recipients from the Battle of Jutland
> Orkney Island Council’s wider programme of cultural and educational activities
> The commemoration of Jutland casualties buried in Sweden, Norway and Denmark
> Commemorative events at naval memorials in Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham
> Commemorative activity in Germany in Wilhelmshaven, home to the German High Seas fleet, and at the Laboe Naval Memorial in Kiel.

The Battle of Jutland centenary events are a key part of the UK Government’s four year programme to commemorate the First World War. Additional information about how descendants can attend will be announced at the end of 2015.

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