JUTLAND CENTENARY COMMEMORATION
Join one of the events across the UK commemorating The Battle of Jutland – the most significant naval engagement of the First World War.
Events across the UK
Over 100,000 sailors were involved on 250 ships in this 36-hour battle in the North Sea which started on 31 May 1916. More than 6,000 Royal Navy and 2,500 German sailors lost their lives.
The Orkney Islands are hosting the national commemorative events on 31 May 2016. A morning service at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, will be followed by a ceremony at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery at Hoy, where over 400 Commonwealth Servicemen and German sailors from the First World War are buried – some as young as 16.
Large TV screens will be provided in Kirkwall, in the vicinity of St Magnus Cathedral, for the general public who do not have a ticket to view the events. Due to the logistical challenges and the sensitivity of the site there will be not be any arrangements for the general public to be able to view the event at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery. Both events will be televised by the BBC.
There will also be a series of other events across the UK to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and provide an opportunity for the nation to reflect not only on the sacrifices made during this sea battle but also to commemorate the maritime contribution and the sacrifices made by all those from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who served and ensured our island nation’s security and to raise awareness and understanding of the history, impact and legacy of the battle, and of the First World War.
Regional events include:
- a wreath-laying ceremony and service of Remembrance at sea on Jutland Bank by British and German ships
- Royal Navy remembrance events in Chatham, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Belfast
- the opening of HMS Caroline (the only surviving ship that saw action at the Battle of Jutland) in Belfast as a museum and visitor attraction
- the laying of commemorative paving stones to remember the four Victoria Cross recipients from the Battle of Jutland
- Service at the Naval Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum
- War Memorial Service, Rushden
- Minesweepers Memorial Commemoration Service, Royal Dock, Grimsby followed by a Jutland 100 reception at the Town Hall.
The Royal British Legion is encouraging branches and local communities to hold their own Jutland 100 events and you can download their special Jutland 100 commemorative toolkit here.