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Orkney poppy display honours Battle of Jutland war dead

Weeping Window display in Orkney

A display of thousands of ceramic poppies has been installed in Orkney as part of war commemorations.

The 'Poppies: Weeping Window' installation is at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall until June to remember 100 years since the Battle of Jutland.

More than 6,000 British personnel and 2,500 Germans died in the battle in the North Sea in 1916. Most of the British ships were stationed at Scapa Flow.

The sculpture was created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

It was originally installed at the Tower of London in 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and colonial forces between 1914 and 1918.

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Image caption Thousands of personnel died in the Battle of Jutland

The battle, which was fought near the coast of Denmark's Jutland Peninsula, involved about 250 ships.

Battle facts:

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  • The British lost 14 ships and the Germans lost 11
  • The British flagship was HMS Iron Duke which was under the command of Admiral Jellicoe
  • It is also the battle which the Queen's father - the then Prince Albert, Duke of York - took part in. He was mentioned in despatches for his action as a turret officer aboard HMS Collingwood
  • Both sides claimed victory

The war at sea: 1914-18


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