Nelson’s Norfolk village commemorates centenary of Battle of Jutland

Undated handout photo issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy of dreadnought battleships of

Undated handout photo issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy of dreadnought battleships of the Grand Fleet on patrol in the North Sea, as the 100th anniversary of the most important sea battle of the First World War is to be marked with a major exhibition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 24, 2016. The Battle of Jutland, in which more than 8,500 men died, is being remembered as "the battle that won the war" for the display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, Hampshire. See PA story HERITAGE Jutland. Photo credit should read: National Museum of the Royal Navy/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. - Credit: PA

Parishioners in Lord Nelson's home village will be marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland by displaying the ensign of one of the warships involved in the encounter.

HMS Queen Mary being destroyed during the Battle of Jutland. Picture: : The National Museum of the R

HMS Queen Mary being destroyed during the Battle of Jutland. Picture: : The National Museum of the Royal Navy/MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

All Saints' Church at Burnham Thorpe – where Nelson's father was rector – has owned the battle ensign of HMS Indomitable since the early 1920s.

The church's fabric officer, former submariner Mike Tapper, said the Admiralty sent two ensigns when HMS Nelson was commissioned after the First World War.

'At the same time, they sent the Jack and the battle ensign of HMS Indomitable and we have had it ever since,' he said. 'We will be holding a Jutland anniversary service in the church on Sunday and have also had a new badge of HMS Indomitable made, which will be unveiled at the same time.

'Jutland was an extremely important battle because it established British naval supremacy in the First World War and the blockade which was responsible for the German collapse.'


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The service will be conducted by the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, and All Saints' vicar the Rev Graham Hitchens.

HMS Indomitable was launched in March 1907 and remained in service until February 1919.

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She damaged the German battlecruisers Seydlitz and Derfflinger during the Battle of Jutland, on May 31 and June 1, 1916.

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