CWGC Launches Jutland 100 Web Resources
01 April 2016
The Battle of Jutland was one of the defining events of the First World War. Fought by vast British and German fleets off the coast of Denmark between 31 May and 1 June 1916, it was the greatest naval battle of the conflict.
The CWGC's new online resources - which include a video explaining the importance of the battle by CWGC Commissioner, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence - marks the start of the countdown to a series of commemorations at CWGC sites from Orkney to Portsmouth, from Edinburgh to Plymouth, and Chatham to Scandinavia.
The new content includes an overview of the battle, information on the CWGC cemeteries and memorials where those who lost their lives are now commemorated and events being held to mark the anniversary.
More than 100,000 men - serving aboard 250 ships - fought at Jutland. Over a few brutal hours, some 8,500 would lose their lives. The battle did not result in a decisive victory for either side, but had far-reaching implications which helped to decide the outcome of the war.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates more than 6,000 sailors of the Royal Navy who lost their lives in the battle: from war graves across the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, to great memorials along the coastlines inscribed with the names of thousands of sailors who have no grave but the sea.
And yet the Battle is less well known than many of those fought on land - something the CWGC is keen to change.
In our new video, CWGC Commissioner, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, urges the public to remember those who served and died at sea and to visit their places of remembrance.
He says: "On 31st May, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, I urge you to join with us at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, in remembering all those who served and died at sea, not only at Jutland but throughout the war. Visit their graves and memorials if you can; for they too deserve to be remembered."