Descendants look back on terrible time of war in the Falkland Islands

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BACK then our nations were at war, but now we stand together.

Those are the words of the great-great nephew of German Vice-Admiral Maximilian von Spee as he joined Royal Navy sailors to pay tribute to all the lives lost at the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands.

Pictured: The parade marches through Stanley.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release fo

Pictured: The parade marches through Stanley.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release fo

On a blustery South Atlantic day Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector carried descendants of the three admirals who led the Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy at the First World War 
fights.

The navy carried the relatives of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, Vice-Admiral Maximilian Graf Von Spee and Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Doveton Sturdee to the site where the Battle of the Falklands was waged on December 8, 1914.

Wreathes were then cast in memory of the thousands of sailors who lost their lives during the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands.

Emanuel Graf von Spee, the great-great-nephew of Adml von Spee, said: ‘It was a really emotional moment to be at the site of the battle.

Pictured: Memorial Service held at the First World War Memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Conse

Pictured: Memorial Service held at the First World War Memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Conse

‘Back then our nations were at war but now we stand together.

‘I cannot begin to imagine what the situation must have been like 100 years ago especially when you consider that these admirals knew each other personally but still had to go to war against one another.’

On November 1, 1914, the Battle of Coronel was fought off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile.

Adml Graf Von Spee’s fleet defeated Adml Cradock’s Royal Navy ships with the loss of all lives on board.

Pictured: The Governor and Fleet Commander inspect the platoons and guard on parade.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen

Pictured: The Governor and Fleet Commander inspect the platoons and guard on parade.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen

En route back to Germany, Adml Graf Von Spee planned to attack the Falklands and destroy the islands’ base installations, but what he did not know was that a squadron of Royal Navy ships was waiting for him under the command of Adml Doveton Sturdee.

In the ensuing battle four German ships were sunk.

Commemorative events to mark the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands were arranged by the island’s 1914 Committee.

Phyl Rendell, a member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, said: ‘Falkland islanders wanted the centenary commemorations to reflect the losses on both sides so we worked hard over the past two years to ensure we had descendants of all three admirals present.’

Pictured: Wreaths are laid at the First World War memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Mo

Pictured: Wreaths are laid at the First World War memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Mo

Usually on tasking in Antarctica, the formerly Portsmouth-based HMS Protector has been visiting the Falklands for the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Coronal and the Falklands.

Her commanding officer Captain Rhett Hatcher, added: ‘Protector was delighted to welcome representatives from the Cradock, Graf Von Spee and Sturdee families on board for this wreath laying ceremony at sea.

‘This poignant commemoration marks 100 years since those battles and despite being enemies through two world wars, Germany and the UK are now strong allies working side by side.’

In Stanley – the capital of the Falkland Islands – a commemorative wall was also unveiled to mark a century since the 
battles.

Pictured: Wreaths are laid at the First World War memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Mo

Pictured: Wreaths are laid at the First World War memorial.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Mo

Pictured: Plaques enveiled at the new Battle of the Falklands memorial plus wreath were laid.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel.  Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) J

Pictured: Plaques enveiled at the new Battle of the Falklands memorial plus wreath were laid.''Today 8th December 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands. A Church service was held at Christchurch Cathedral, Stanley to mark with occasion with a memorial service at the First World War Memorial, Stanley. The memorial service was concluded with a Plaque unveiling and an official march past. Present at the event was the Governor of the Falkland Islands Mr Colin Roberts CVO, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Air Commodore RW La Forte CBE MA BA RAF and the German Military Attach� representing the German Navy and the Mayor of Coronel. Also in attendance were decedents of Admiral Cradock, Vice Admiral Graf Von Spee and Admiral Strude.'The parade consisted of a Royal Navy Guard and Colour Party supplied by HMS Clyde, a marching platoon from HMS Protector and a platoon from the Falkland Islands Defence Force.''Image by LA(PHOT) J

Pictured: Rev Keith Robus RN leads the memorial service''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: Rev Keith Robus RN leads the memorial service''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: His Excellence Mr Colin Roberts CVO arrives on board HMS Protector.''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: His Excellence Mr Colin Roberts CVO arrives on board HMS Protector.''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: Guest are shown around the ship.''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: Guest are shown around the ship.''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: Rev Keith Robus RN leads the memorial service''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.

Pictured: Rev Keith Robus RN leads the memorial service''The Battle of Coronel in November 1914 was the first British naval defeat of the First World War at the hands of the Imperial German Navy whereas the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December, 1914 was the first British victory. A remembrance service was held on board HMS Protector including a wreath lying to mark the Anniversary. The service included representatives from the Falkland Islands Government, the May or Coronel, and representatives from both the Cradock and Graf Von Spee families. Before and after the service the VIP guests were invited to look around Protector and see what the ship was about with ships tours.''Image by LA(PHOT) Jay Allen'HMS PROTECTOR''Consent/Model release form are completed and held on board HMS PROTECTOR.