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Battle of Jutland 1916

 

The Battle of Jutland was a sea battle fought by the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the German Navy’s High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer between 31 May and 1 June 1916. This was the largest fleet action since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Four of Crich’s seamen were involved in the battle – Anthony Bowmer aboard Warspite, Harry Rodgers Prince aboard Agincourt, Robert Stewardson aboard Revenge and James Rodgers aboard Black Prince.

James Rodgers had joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was killed on 31 May 1916, aged twenty-four, along with the whole ship’s company. The Black Prince exploded, killing all thirty-seven officers, eight hundred and fifteen men and five civilians.

The “Jutland Memorial Park” is a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the Battle. It is on the shores of northwest Denmark, at Thyborøn where there is one memorial stone for each of the 8,645 men killed.