Brave Royal Navy seamen who served in a ferocious maritime battle 100 years ago were remembered during a poignant service in Fulham last week.
H&F Council Lead Member Representative for the Armed Forces, Cllr Alan De’Ath visited war veteran’s charity Stoll in Fulham Road on Tuesday 31 May, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.
The First World War’s largest naval clash took place off the Danish coast and resulted in the loss of nearly 9,000 lives.
“It is very important to take the time to remember and honour the bravery of those who lost their lives in service of their country,” said Cllr De’Ath.
“It is particularly poignant to share this with the centenary of Stoll, which has worked tirelessly on the behalf of ex-service personnel to give them vital support that helps them stay independent both in the borough, and beyond.
The Stoll Foundation was established in 1916 to provide comfortable and inexpensive homes for servicemen injured during the First World War. Today the charity continues to provide housing and other essential services to vulnerable and disabled veterans.
“We our proud to have Stoll in the borough and will continue to work closely with them,” added Cllr De’Ath.
Commemorations to mark the centenary were held throughout the country, with dignitaries from Britain and Germany joining with descendants from the original crews at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.
The cathedral site overlooks Scapa Flow, the harbour where the British navy were anchored during the conflict and where many of the fallen now lay buried.
For more information on Stoll, visit the website.