1916 - Battle of Jutland
31st May. Portsmouth and the Dockyard were shocked at the list of ships sunk during the battle and details of the crews as “All Lost” saw many distressing sight at the Dockyard Gate and Naval Barracks. The badly worded signal gave the impression that the Royal Navy had suffered an overwhelming defeat. Over 6.000 men were lost in the battle many of them from the Portsmouth area. The outcome still causes controversy over who actually won and can be best summed up in a poem that appeared in a national newspaper at the time:
The Germans cry,”We’ve won!
But surely ‘tis a curious view
That those are the conquerors who run
And those vanquished who pursue.