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 Orkney’s War

Since the First World War, people have remember those who lost their lives during the conflict, and reflect on local and national events. In Orkney, particular emphasis is placed on the war at sea and the sacrifices made by those who served and their communities. One such activity focussed on the Battle of Jutland, with Orkney’s commemoration following on from similar events a few days earlier at Rosyth and South Queensferry.

Jutland remains to this day the largest ever naval battle with the loss of around 6,000 British and 2,500 German lives.

At the Lyness Royal Naval cemetery 400 people took part in the commemorations, including locals, descendants and service personnel. The service involved people from the local and wider Orkney community, including North Walls school pupils who laid flowers at the Jutland Graves, the Mayfield Singers and the Stromness Royal British Legion Pipe Band.

There was a Weeping Window display at St Magnus Cathedral - a poignant reminder of the loss of life suffered.

A commemorative wall was built around the Kitchener Memorial, listing the names of all of those who lost their lives on HM Drifter Laurel Crown and HMS Hampshire.


The Weeping Window display at St Magnus Cathedral.

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