Falkirk pupils’ chance to honour Navy heroes

The GermGermany's High Seas Fleet was interned at Scapa Flow at the end of World War One
The GermGermany's High Seas Fleet was interned at Scapa Flow at the end of World War One

Primary school pupils can earn a fascinating trip by winning a national writing competition commemorating the Battle of Jutland.

The ‘Stories of the Sea - Hold The Front Page!’ challenge, organised by Legion Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, marks the 100th anniversary of the epic clash between Great Britain’s Grand Fleet and Germany’s High Seas Fleet off the coast of Denmark on May 31, 1916.

It was the largest naval battle of World War One and cost the lives of over 6000 British and 2500 German sailors.

At the end of the war, the High Seas Fleet was interned by the Royal Navy at its anchorage in Scapa Flow, Orkney - but scuttled on the orders of Admiral Ludwig von Reuter to avoid it being shared between the allies.

To win a three day trip next year with classmates and teachers to Orkney and its historic naval ‘graveyard’ P5 to P7 youngsters have been invited to travel back in time, imagine they were serving on a British battleship that fateful day in May - and write a newspaper article about it. Schools can register to take part by visiting www.legionscotland.org

Kevin Gray MM, chief executive officer of Legion Scotland, said: “By studying the history we hope the pupils will understand and appreciate how World War One affected those who served at sea.”