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CLIP 13676

Jutland Jack - a profile

Jutland Jack - a profile

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Key Info
  • Jutland Jack - a profile
  • Duration: 01:21
  • John Travers Cornwell, better known as Jack Cornwell, was born on 8 January 1900 in West Ham, which was then in Essex. One year into World War One, in 1915, Jack joined the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen. He was sent into battle on HMS Chester, where his job was to operate one of the ships guns. He was involved in one of the deadliest sea battles; the battle of Jutland, on 31 May 1916. During the Battle, the ship was damaged and Jack Cornwell was severely injured in the chest. Although injured, Jack stood by his gun to protect his ship and waited for his orders. After the battle, Jack was taken to hospital where unfortunately the doctors were unable to save him. Jack was only 16 years and 5 months old when he died. Jack Cornwell was given a full military funeral and was later awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series History Hunt.
  • Subject:



    Historical Enquiry

  • Keywords: HistoryHunt, Jutland Jack, East Ham, World War One, the Victoria Cross, the Battle of Jutland, HMS Chester, the Royal Navy, First Class Boy, sea cadets, hero, morale
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be useful when: Discussing the history of the First World War. When exploring how the locality was affected by a significant event from the past. When exploring the life of a significant individual from the past. When discussing the life of Jutland Jack and why he was significant. When discussing how the past has been represented and interpreted in different ways including some of the reasons for this. When using different sources of information to find out about the past.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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