This year marks the centenary of two battles of national significance during the First World War; the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June, and the Battle of the Somme, between 1 July and 18 November.
As the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion asks you to take part in an event this year to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in these battles.
The Battle of Jutland was the principal naval battle of the First World War. As such it provides an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifices and contributions made by all those from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, fishing fleets, shipbuilding towns and coastal communities who continue to guarantee our maritime nation’s security in peace and war.
The following national and regional events are taking place on 31 May to mark Jutland 100.
- A national commemorative event, broadcast by the BBC, will take place on Orkney, including a morning service at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and an afternoon service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Lyness on Hoy.
- The Royal Navy is hosting events at Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham, Belfast (including the opening of HMS Caroline and the Commemoration to the Irish Sailor) and Queensferry on the Firth of Forth.
- The National Memorial Arboretum is hosting a service at its Naval Memorial at 11am.
RBL have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to take part or build your own commemorative event. Just download your toolkit for Jutland 100 from www.britishlegion.org.uk/Jutland100.
In the toolkit you will find the following items to help you run your event:
- The Act of Remembrance, music and readings you could include
- Branded material to help you promote your event, including poster templates
- A press release template, to help you generate local interest
- A brief history of the Battle of Jutland
- The story of ‘Jutland Jack’
- Stories of LIVE ON beneficiaries