Or as we know it in the UK, the Battle of Jutland, is looming over the
horizon similar to that of the Grand Fleet on the 30th May 1916 as
Germany and Britain commemorate the hundredth anniversary of that
I have been involved in some unpaid research into the lives of the
casualties of that battle as part of my old school's commemoration of
the event. A hundred and one past pupils perished in just a matter of
hours, along with the other 8,000, or so, in both fleets. A ghastly
affair. The culmination to provide a record of those lives and a
commemorative memorial naming all those involved.
There are many events taking place around this country marking this
event, not to glorify it as some might think, but to reflect on the
follies of war.
To give some respect to those poor individuals who lost their lives
whilst they innocently gave service to their country, paying the
ultimate price for a number of other people's bad politics and
With this in mind I find it appalling to discover that there are
trophy hunters working the sea bed of the North Sea actively
recovering artefacts for a commercial end. Salvage companies looting
what is in effect a war grave, a recent war grave where there are
still many alive who are directly related to those whose fate lies
within the hulls of those sunken ships.
I hope the governments on both sides of the North Sea take steps to
address this matter.