Nelson’s Norfolk village commemorates centenary of Battle of Jutland
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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.
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.