Invite to share family stories of Battle of Jutland for new project

HMS Warspite was damaged in the Battle of Jutland in 1916
HMS Warspite was damaged in the Battle of Jutland in 1916

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Portsdown University of the Third Age (U3A) is researching a roll of honour for those who lived or were born in Portsmouth and lost their lives in the Battle of Jutland.

The organisation, which provides learning and social opportunities to retired people, has started the project ahead of the battle’s centenary at the end of May.

They are inviting members of the public to meet with the group’s researchers at the Link, Cosham Baptist Church on Thursday, February 25 from 3.15pm- 6.15pm to share stories of their family’s involvement in the First World War sea battle.

Carole Chapman, business secretary of Portsdown U3A, said: ‘Our local history and genealogy groups, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, are working on a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

‘It is called The Impact on the People of Portsmouth of the Battle of Jutland.

‘We are seeking to extend our knowledge with the help of the people of contemporary Portsmouth.

‘Our roll of honour and our research will commemorate the sacrifice of a century ago.’

Nick Hewitt, head of heritage development at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which has a special exhibition opening in May, said: ‘We have been working closely with the Portsdown branch of the University of the Third Age ahead of our blockbuster exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War.

‘This kind of research is essential in helping to tell the stories of those who lost their lives at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, which had such an impact on communities across the UK.’