Category: First World War

She Fought at Jutland: HMS Caroline

She Fought at Jutland: HMS Caroline

The Battle of Jutland – referred to by the Germans as Skagerrakschlacht, or Battle of Skagerrak – was the largest naval engagement of the First World War, fought between the Grand Fleet of the British Royal Navy and the High Seas Fleet of the Imperial German Navy in 1916. There are, of course, no human…

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For Valour: A First-Day Battle of the Somme VC

For Valour: A First-Day Battle of the Somme VC

Temporary-Major Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand of the Yorkshire Regiment was one of nine men to receive the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest award for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’ – on the first-day of the Battle of the Somme, fought from 1 July to 18 November 1916. Of those nine, only three would survive…

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The Angels of Mons

The Angels of Mons

There are numerous myths that have developed about the Battle of Mons, the first major clash between British and German forces on the Western Front during the First World War, since it was fought on 23 August 1914. However, perhaps one of the most well-known is the so-called ‘Angels of Mons’, a myth that quickly…

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Commander Loftus Jones VC

Commander Loftus Jones VC

A total of four Victoria Crosses were awarded for the Battle of Jutland, fought near Denmark on 31 May-1 June 1916. Several of them are well-known, including those to Jack Cornwell of HMS Chester and Francis Harvey of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. However, few today are aware of Commander Loftus Jones and his actions…

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