This is a project undertaken by the Local History and Genealogy Groups of Portsdown University of the Third Age (U3A), in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.
With detailed research into the primary sources, it is the intention to identify those sailors lost at the Battle of Jutland who were either born or were resident in the naval town of Portsmouth, and to assess the make-up of the family they left behind. This information, together with anecdotal evidence, where possible, from descendants, may allow an analysis of the emotional and economic impact of this naval engagement on a community.
With this information, a map will be produced that will show the residences of the lost sailors, to emphasize the impact of the loss on the town. This will be available for all to see on the Port Towns and Urban Cultures website. A memorial roll will also be produced to honour those sailors. With the exhibition of these artefacts, it is intended that the Portsmouth community will be made more aware of their city's involvement in the Great War.
Private Lawrence Albert Tilbury, RMLI. Private Tilbury was killed on HMS Black Prince. His mother was Alice Amy Tilbury, who was resident at 21 Mount St., Clarence View, Gosport. Courtesy Robert Clark (great nephew)
THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND