The Battle of Jutland – 100 years ago today

The Battle of Jutland started 100 years ago today, 31 May 1916 and ended on 1 June 1916..  It is considered to be the only major naval battle of World War 1.  The British Navy lost more men and ships, but the verdict was that the German Navy lost and was never in a position again to put to sea during the war.

6,094 British men were lost, including the following Cheltonians:

Leading Stoker Douglas Hugh PREECE R.N, of 8 Victoria Terrace, Cheltenham.  Killed in action at sea 31.05.16 aged 24.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Goodrich TERRY R.N of Ravenswood, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 33 and remembered on Charlton Kings War Memorial.

Midshipman George Paul HOPCRAFT R.N of Old Gable House, Southam.  Aged 16.  His name is on Bishops Cleeve and Southam War Memorials.

Royal Marine Major Robert CROSTHWAITE. RMLI, of 12 Clarence Square, Cheltenham.  Aged 43.

Petty Officer 1st Class Walter Loveridge JONES R.N of 17 Northfield Terrace, Cheltenham.  Aged 28.

Leading Seaman William George HILL. R.N of 7 Abbotts Cottages, Cheltenham.  Aged 29.

Able Seaman Sidney Heard PRICE R.N of 36 Victoria Street, St Pauls, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.

Sick Berth Attendant Herbert George HILL R.N, address unknown.  Aged 28.

Midshipman Maynell Osbourne HANWELL R.N of Orchard Lane, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 16.

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas LANGLEY R.N of 15 Grosvenor Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 27.

Able Seaman Robert FRENCH R.N of Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.  His name is on the Charlton Kings Memorial.

Stoker 2nd Class Fredrick MILLS R.N of 42 Keynsham Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 33.  Died of illness in Scotaldn 03.11.18.

They will be remembered at The Parade and Service of Commemoration today at 12 noon (please assemble by 11.30am) at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s Church), GL50 3JX, off Clarence Street, between the Library and the High Street.




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