An investigation into the life of the First World War hero, Jutland Jack

Joe Crowley helps a team of four 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 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 the ferocious sea battle. 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. The children also examine coverage of the story in newspaper accounts.

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