Surrey wood to honour Battle of Jutland dead

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Image caption Each sapling will represent each of the lives lost in the Battle of Jutland

A new wood is being planted in Surrey to pay tribute to 6,000 British seamen and officers who perished in the largest sea battle in military history.

An eight acre site at the First World War Centenary Wood in Langley Vale will be planted with saplings as a "living memorial" to the Battle of Jutland.

Each sapling in Jutland Wood will represent one of the lives lost.

Four groves within the wood will be named after men given the Victoria Cross for their part in the WWI battle.

Commander Loftus Jones, Rear Admiral The Hon Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, Boy John Travers Cornwell, and Major Francis John William Harvey will all be honoured.

More than 670 personnel were wounded in the Battle of Jutland, with a further 177 captured.

About 250 ships were involved in the battle, which took place on 31 May 1916 in the North Sea near Denmark.

Planting will start in 2017 and the wood will be officially opened a year later, on the 102nd anniversary of the battle.

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