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Jutland Update - May 31 Centenary service at Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Posted on centenarynews.com on 20 March 2016
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Britain's Royal Navy will hold a parade and remembrance service in the Southsea district of Portsmouth on May 31st 2016 as part of commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland Centenary.

More than 100 sailors will march to Southsea Common for the 2pm service at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, led by the band of the Royal Marines.

Relatives of those who served at Jutland in 1916 will be especially welcome to attend. They should contact the event organiser, Commander Andy Green. Details can be found on the Royal Navy website.

Commander Green said: "There have been many commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of World War One battles, but this is the one key date that allows a singular focus on the Royal Navy."

“We are hoping that the people of Portsmouth turn out in their numbers to line the route or attend the service and ceremony."

The event includes a traditional drumhead ceremony, with drums piled to form an altar.

There will also be readings by children involved in the UK First World War schools' project, Never Such Innocence.


Centenary News Update - Monday April 4 2016

Jutland remembrance services will be held at the Royal Naval Memorials in Chatham and Plymouth on May 31st, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission advises.

Plymouth Naval Memorial: 11am-noon

Chatham Naval Memorial:  2-3pm

Services are planned too at CWGC cemeteries in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

Germany will remember the Battle of Jutland (Die Skagerrakschlacht in German) with ceremonies at Wilhelmshaven Cemetery on May 29th, where many of its dead dead are buried, and on May 31st at the German Naval Memorial in Laboe, near Kiel.

There will also be German participation at the UK national event in Orkney on May 31st.

Also in Centenary News:

British Government's UK Jutland 2016 Centenary plans 

UK/German appeal to support Jutland Centenary project in Denmark

National Museum of the Royal Navy Jutland exhibition, Portsmouth, and online memorial

Update on UK National Maritime Museum Jutland exhibition, Greenwich

More information about Jutland events, as well as the story of the battle, can be found on Jutland 1916, the centenary website founded by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of the British  commander, Admiral Sir John Jellicoe.

Sources: Royal Navy, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Images: Centenary News

Posted by: CN Editorial Team