New Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney is representing the island at a major commemoration in Orkney today (Tuesday) marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.
Manx sailors served and died in the North Sea battle, which was the key naval engagement of the First World War. More than 100,000 Royal Navy and German sailors took part, in some 250 ships, with a total loss of life of around 9,000. The Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet was based at Scapa Flow, the natural harbour at the heart of Orkney.
Today’s commemorations include a service at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney islands, attended by the Princess Royal, Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck.
Sir Richard, who was sworn in to office as the island’s new Lieutenant Governor on Friday, was also present in Port St Mary on Sunday for the service remembering the lives lost on the Mona’s Queen and other Manx vessels at Dunkirk in the Second World War.
He said: ‘Because of the Isle of Man’s strong and heroic maritime and naval history, Government and I thought it right to accept an invitation to represent the Island at the centenary commemoration of the Battle of Jutland.
‘The Isle of Man’s contributions in the two World Wars are both remembered this week: at the memorial service held at Port St Mary on Sunday for those lost in the Mona’s Queen and other Manx ships at Dunkirk in 1940, and at the memorial service held in Kirkwall on Tuesday for the all-important Battle of Jutland in 1916.’