This exhibition told of the only time in World War One where the battle fleets of the two largest navies in the world met.
Included in the exhibition an audio account from Lieutenant Alexander David Boyle regarding the battle. To listen click on the following link Boyles account
The Battle of Jutland – WW100 Commemorative Display from May to December 2016.
The Battle of Jutland was fought in the afternoon and evening of 31st May and into the early morning of 1st June 1916 – 80 miles west of the coast of Jutland in Denmark. It was the largest naval battle of the First World War fought by the fleets of the world’s two largest navies. It was also the only occasion that the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the German high Seas Fleet met in battle during the war. 250 warships and 100,000 men were committed to the battle. It was also the last time a major naval battle would be only contested between two surface fleets.
One of the British ships involved in the battle was HMS New Zealand . Known as Our Gift Battleship, HMS New Zealand was part of the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron and was the flagship of the Squadron commander Rear-Admiral W.C. Pakenham.
In 1913, during HMS New Zealand’s visit to New Zealand the previous commanding officer Captain Halsey was presented with a sacred tiki and piupiu by an old Maori chief. The chief asked Halsey whether he would wear the outfit if he was ever in battle. Halsey did during the battles at Heligoland Bight and Dogger Bank and Captain Green while not being able to wear the piupiu, had a hook for the piupiu mounted in the conning tower where it hung during the Battle of Jutland.
The piupiu, along with HMS New Zealand’s battle honours board, a bronze bell hanger and a ring bolt from HMS Queen Mary which landed on the deck of New Zealand when Queen Mary was hit by enemy fire are currently on loan to the National Museum of the Royal Navy as part of their Battle of Jutland exhibition. Our blog about the travels of four artefacts on loan to the National Museum of the Royal Navy
The following New Zealanders have been identified as taking part in the battle of Jutland:
Lieutenant Alexander David Boyle HMS New Zealand – He was the commander of X turret during the battle from Christchurch. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his actions.
Stoker First Class Reuben Benjamin Carpendale HMS Black Prince – killed in action when the cruiser was sunk during the battle aged 28 from Ashburton.
Signalman W.J. Condon HMS Warspite – served in this battleship during the engagement. From Wellington and had joined the RN as a boy seaman prior to the outbreak of the war.
Stoker First Class Leslie Raymond Follett HMS Queen Mary – killed in action when the battlecruiser was sunk during the battle age 20 from Hunterville [Manawatu]
Able Seaman Robert J. Greening HMS New Zealand – reported as serving in the battlecruiser during the battle from the Hawkes Bay.
Petty Officer Alan McInnes HMS New Zealand – reported as serving in the battlecruiser during the battle.
Leading Stoker Ryle Sturman Roberts HMS New Zealand – reported as serving in the battlecruiser during the battle.