Tributes to those who served in the Battle of Jutland

A memorial service was held in Downham Market, 100 years on from the Battle of Jutland, the largest

A memorial service was held in Downham Market, 100 years on from the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War. Picture: Ian Burt

Commemoration events have been held around the country, and in our own region, to mark the centenary of the biggest naval battle of the First World War.

A service was held at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn to remember those who fought in the Battle of

A service was held at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn to remember those who fought in the Battle of Jutland, 100 years ago. Picture: Ian Burt

It is 100 years since the Battle of Jutland saw British and German ships engaged in a 36-hour conflict off the coast of Denmark which brought devastating loss of life and changed the course of the war.

The battle was fought between 31 May and 1 June 1916 and involved around 250 ships.

The key remembrance service was held at St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney, with the prime minister David Cameron, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Princess Royal joining descendants of those who fought.

Together, they paid their respects to all the sailors and remembered the 8,648 who lost their lives in the battle.


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The princess was representing the Duke of Edinburgh, who was unable to attend the service on doctor's advice.

In our region, services were held in Downham Market, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth. Residents gathered to remember and wreaths were laid at the war memorials as part of the commemorations.

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David Norman, chairman of King's Lynn branch of the Royal British Legion, said: 'The Battle of Jutland was the major sea battle of the First World War and there was such a huge loss of life through it.

'We have to remember people who lost their lives; they gave their lives for the freedom of this country and we must respect that.'

Robin Pegg, chairman of the Downham Market branch, added: 'We felt the Battle of Jutland had to be commemorated in the town. When I stand in silence to remember, I think of everyone who lost their lives during the battle regardless of their nationality.'

In Great Yarmouth, around 30 people gathered to mark pay their respects to those from the borough who lost their lives during the battle.

Pamela Breeze, 81, of Mill Lane, spearheaded a campaign to host a memorial in the town 10 years ago.

Her grandfather, Henry Wright, was a petty officer chief stoker on HMS Queen Mary and died in the battle.

The Rev Peter Paine, the Great Yarmouth port chaplain, said: 'I made a promise 10 years ago that we would be back to mark the centenary today.

'Along with all the commemorations around the country, we here in Yarmouth will do our bit for Jutland.'

Another service was also held on- board HMS Duncan at Jutland Bank, the site of the battle. MP for Mid Norfolk Keith Simpson attended a further event in Portsmouth.

Is your town participating in any future war commemorations? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk.

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