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HMS Invincible HMS Invincible
First Name: Frederick Walter John Last Name: SHARPE
Date of Death: 31/05/1916 Lived/Born In: Edgware Road
Rank: Able Seaman Unit: HMS Invincible
Memorial Site: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle fought between the Royal Navy and the German High Seas Fleet on 31 May and 1 June 1916 in the North Sea near Jutland in Denmark. It was the largest naval battle of the the war. The German plan was to use their fast scouting group of battlecruisers to draw Vice-Admiral Beatty’s battlecruiser  squadron onto the main German fleet and there, destroy them. The two opposing forces met on the afternoon of 31st May 1916. A running battle ensued, during which the Royal Navy lost two battlecruisers, until the main German fleet was seen.  At this point Beatty’s battlecruiser squadron turned back and brought the pursuing German ships towards the main British fleet of Admiral Jellicoe. That night these two main fleets of 250 ships engaged each other twice before the Germans, recognising that they were outnumbered, broke off the engagement and returned to port. Both sides claimed victory. The British lost more ships (14) and three time as many sailors (6,000), but the Germans never brought out their main fleet again, preferring to concentrate on submarine warfare. Over 500 of those who were killed were men from London.

HMS Invincible was a battlecruiser and the lead ship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron which acted as a scouting force for the Grand Fleet during the battle. At 6.30 on the evening of 31st May she was hit by salvos from the German ships Lützow and Derfflinger. A heavy shell penetrated her mid-ships turret and detonated the magazines. HMS Invincible broke in two and sank within 90 seconds. Only 6 men from her crew of 1032 survived. 

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