Jutland

My grandfather, Reginald Drew, from Paignton, Devon, England participated in this famous naval battle in WW I.  He was injured by shrapnel.  He was sixteen-years old, having lied about his age when he signed up:

jutland

The Battle of Jutland (known as the Battle of Skagerrak in Germany), fought between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet in 1916, was the largest surface naval battle of the metal ship era, the only major fleet action of World War 1, and the last major fleet action that the participants will ever fight.  It also played a key role in the demise of the reputation of battlecruiser, saw the first use of a carrier based aircraft in battle and is one of the most controversial naval actions in the Royal Navy’s long history.

Grandad was incalculably proud of his war effort and his membership in the Royal Navy.  He sported several tattooes on his arm, acquired during the Great War.  He married my grandmother and left Engand well before the beginning of WW II.  He was the best man I ever knew.

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