Battle of Jutland Commemorative Service
Sunday 29th May 2016
A Battle of Jutland Commemorative Service was held at St Michael and All Angels Church Brooksby to honour the men who lost their lives in the Battle of Jutland. The service was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton; the Mayor & Mayoress of Melton Mowbray; Commander Neil Bing RN; Lady Diana Beatty, Earl Beatty’s granddaughter; Hon Benedict Gage, Earl Beatty’s great grandson; Mr Chris Dovey OBE, National Chairman of the RNA, and representatives from the East and West Midlands Areas of the RNA, the Royal Marines Association, Senior Service Club, RAFA and a contingent of Sea Scouts. The service was conducted by Canon Malcolm Britton and the preacher was Royal Navy Chaplain, the Rev Richard Ellingham.
A video of the service can be seen here Battle of Jutland Commemorative Service video
The organist was Anne de Graeve, with Sam Thomas from Hoby playing The Last Post and Reveille. Michael Gane and Dacia Marlow read the lessons. The flowers throughout the church were done by Brooksby Melton College Floristry department.
Wreaths were laid at the Jutland Memorial by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton, JP and by Commander Neil Bing RN.The preacher was the Rev Richard Ellingham RN. The blessing was pronounced by the Right Rev Christopher Boyle, Assistant Bishop of Leicester.
During the service Cannon Vic Alsop read out the names of all the ships lost together with the number of casualties:
HMS DEFENCE: Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot Bart. KCB MVO, and Captain Stanley Venn Ellis RN. 904 men lost with no survivors.
HMS INVINCIBLE: Rear-Admiral The Hon. Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood KCB MVO DSO, and Captain Arthur Lindesay Cay RN. 1,021 men lost with 6 survivors.
HMS INDEFATIGABLE: Captain Charles Fitzgerald Sowerby RN. 1,015 men lost with 3 survivors.
HMS QUEEN MARY: Captain Cecil Irby Prowse RN. 1,268 men lost with 20 survivors.
HMS BLACK PRINCE: Captain Thomas Parry Bonham RN. 858 men lost with no survivors. And of these men Private Walter Pick from Hoby.
HMS TIPPERARY: Captain Charles John Wintour RN. 185 men lost with 12 survivors.
HMS WARRIOR: 71 men lost with 743 survivors.
HMS ARDENT: 76 men lost with 1 survivor.
HMS FORTUNE: 67 men lost with 11 survivors.
HMS NESTOR: 6 men lost with 80 survivors.
HMS NOMAD: 8 men lost with 72 survivors.
HMS SHARK: 86 men lost with 6 survivors.
HMS SPARROWHAWK: 6 men lost with 50 survivors.
HMS TURBULENT: 90 men lost with no survivors.