Mystery warship pictures from Derek’s family album

Can anyone identify this ship which is thought to have fought at the Battle of Jutland?
Can anyone identify this ship which is thought to have fought at the Battle of Jutland?
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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Derek Wicks hopes readers who are expert warship spotters might be able to identify this ship, which presumably is from the First World War.

It comes from his mother’s album and was alongside two of her father Fred Backler in naval uniform.

He served at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and Derek and his 90-year-old mother have always believed the photograph of the ship is the one in which he served.

Derek, of Selsey Avenue, Elson, Gosport, said: ‘Mum has always had this picture and we assume he was on this ship at Jutland. But we have no idea which one it might be.

‘I know it’s not a particularly good picture, but someone may be able to recognise the ship.’

Fred is pictured here later in the First World War wearing his seaman’s uniform on September 27, 1917. The later photograph shows him in his Master-at-Arms uniform, the rank at which he left the navy.

Please get in touch if you can shed any light on the warship.