New online map shows part played by Norfolk and Suffolk in First World War naval clash

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

It was the greatest naval clash of the First World War.

Now, as the centenary of the Battle of Jutland approaches, new research lays bare our region's contribution to the event.

A new online tool allows the public to discover the names and stories of the people involved in the battle, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As well as browsing the entries already on the map, the interactive map allows users to submit extra information about the 6,000 British sailors who were lost in the battle on the North Sea, off the coast of Denmark.

The attack, which lasted 36 hours from May 31 to June 1, 1916, claimed the lives of 6,094 British seamen and 2,551 Germans.

Despite the casualties, the British fleet maintained its naval supremacy, as just two of its dreadnoughts were damaged.

The Royal Navy was still twice the size of the Germans' and the battle proved a turning point in the war.

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