BATTLE OF JUTLAND: Buxton marks centenary of WWI’s greatest sea battle

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.
Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

The centenary of one of the most significant naval battles of the First World War was marked in Buxton this week.

Involving more than 100,000 sailors on 250 ships, The Battle of Jutland was the first major challenge to British naval supremacy since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Royal Naval Association members at the official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Royal Naval Association members at the official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Over 6,000 Royal Navy and 2,500 German sailors lost their lives. One in ten of the sailors involved were either killed or wounded.

To mark Tuesday’s centenary in Buxton, an oak tree, recently planted in the Pavilion Gardens to commemorate the occasion, was dedicated.

“Not far from this oak tree is one that was planted by the local Royal Naval Association in 2005 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar,” explained Trevor Johnson, Chairman of the Buxton & High Peak Royal Naval Association.

He added: “As we honour the thousands of sailors who lost their lives at Jutland 100 years ago, we must not forget those naval heroes who are still with us in 2016 and who the country relies upon.”

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Royal Naval Association chairman Trevor Johnson leads the ceremony

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Royal Naval Association chairman Trevor Johnson leads the ceremony

Shipmates of the Royal Naval Association joined High Peak Deputy Mayor Councillor Matt Stone, branch chaplain the Rev Andrew Parker and youngsters from the town’s sea cadet unit. Standards of the Royal Naval Association and the Royal British Legion were also paraded.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Sea Cadets Chloe Fisher, Thibault Colson and Aaron Naden with Petty Officer Rebecca Luckman

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Sea Cadets Chloe Fisher, Thibault Colson and Aaron Naden with Petty Officer Rebecca Luckman

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Official dedication of the tree planted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.