Medallion, Jutland

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Circa 1916
A silver Jutland Medallion. The obverse features a pair of flags crossed in front of a trident. The right facing flag is the Union Jack and the left facing flag is the white ensign of the Royal Navy. " 31 May 1916 " is marked on a shield design mounted on the trident. The design is enclosed by a thin ropelike design. " TO . THE . GLORIOUS . MEMORY. OF. THOSE. WHO . FELL . THAT. DAY ". The reverse features a wreath design. " THE / GERMAN FLEET / ATTACKED OFF THE COAST / OF JUTLAND AND DRIVEN BACK / INTO PORT WITH HEAVY LOSS. / ADMRIAL SIR JOHN JELLICOE / COMMANDER IN CHIEF / VICE ADMIRAL SIR DAVID BEATTY / COMMANDING / BATTLE CRUISER / FLEET. "
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Circa 1916
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This medallion, of a type sold to raise money for naval orphanages, commemorates the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. It was gifted to Taranaki Museum as part of the collection of prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston. According to the Imperial War Museums "The Battle of Jutland was the only time that the British and German fleets of 'dreadnought' battleships actually came to blows. It was a confused and bloody action involving 250 ships and around 100,000 men." For more information see the Imperial War Museums website 
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