Remembering Royal Navy’s role

A timely reminder to a naval battle that took place 100 years ago this week in last week’s Observer, ‘The Battle of Jutland’, May 31 to June 1, 1916.

WW1 had massive loss of life on both sides but sometimes history forgets the Royal Navy’s part in ensuring victory in 1918.

The Royal Navy lost over 6,000 sailors and 14 ships in 36 hours, with the German Navy losing over 2,500 sailors and also a number of ships, with both sides claiming victory.

It is worth remembering that the German Navy never put to sea again to face the Royal Navy for the remainder of that war and it is fitting to remember the following words:

‘On all the oceans, white caps flow, there are no crosses row on row, but you who sleep beneath the sea can rest in peace – your country’s free’.

Ray Walter

Eisenhower Drive

St Leonards

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