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CLIP 13675

Jutland Jack - an investigation into the life of the World War I hero

Jutland Jack - an investigation into the life of the World War I hero

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Key Info
  • Jutland Jack - an investigation into the life of the World War I hero
  • Duration: 11:50
  • Joe Crowley helps a team of four Year 6 pupils uncover the story of Jutland Jack, a 16 year old sailor who won the Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery during the battle of Jutland in 1916. The children use investigative historical techniques to uncover, piece-by-piece, how the young boy, who came from their neighbourhood in London, died at sea. He was manning his gun on board the HMS Chester during a ferocious sea battle in the North Sea in 1916. Using mobile phones to record information found on his gravestone and researching national archives to examine his naval record, the children discover John Travers Cornwell, known as Jack, became a national hero. They meet a relative of a man who served during the battle to hear personal testimony and examine the type of guns Jack used, now on display at the Imperial War Museum. The children examine coverage of the story and its effect on national morale by reading contemporary newspaper accounts and finally, they find the widely-circulated picture of Jutland Jack was one of his brothers as no pictures of Jack existed. 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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