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Big WWI navy battle commemorated

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/05/2016

Commemorations are under way for the 100th anniversary of the greatest naval battle fought in World War I, the Battle of Jutland.

More than 6000 British and 2500 Germans died in the battle, which involved about 250 ships, including HMS New Zealand.

Commemorations in New Zealand start on Sunday afternoon when the Kaiapoi Returned Services Association holds a Battle of Jutland Service at Kaiapoi Cenotaph, supported by HMNZS Pegasus.

After the service there's a wreath-laying ceremony.

On Tuesday a Battle of Jutland Exhibition is opening at South Canterbury Museum in Timaru at 5pm.

The battle flag from HMS New Zealand is on display in the exhibition.

In Devonport in Auckland a service is also being held in conjunction with Auckland Council at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy on Tuesday.

Rear Admiral John Martin will represent the Royal New Zealand Navy at commemorations in the Orkney Islands.

The islands served as the main base for the Royal Navy during the World War I and will be the major focal point for the anniversary ceremony.

Prince Philip will attend a service at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on Tuesday (UK time). Following the mass, the prince will join a ceremony at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery in Hoy.

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