HMS Hood’s bell provides an extraordinary and moving link between the sacrifice of the Royal Navy in 1916 at Jutland and those made by a new generation of sailors in World War 2

Prof Dominic Tweddle

A 30-minute memorial service attended by members of the Hood Association, descendants of men who fought at Jutland – not least, three of the four senior admirals that day: Jellicoe, Beatty and Scheer – preceded the ringing, before the bell was escorted by a Guard of Honour through the historic dockyard to Boathouse No.5, home of the new exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War.

The bell is the last link in the Jutland story; Hood was the final battle-cruiser – as fast as a cruiser, as powerful as a battleship – built for the Royal Navy.

She incorporated some of the lessons of Jutland and was launched by Lady Hood, widow of Rear Admiral Sir Horace Hood who was killed when his battle-cruiser Invincible blew up in the battle.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy received the bell formally from Navy Secretary, Rear Admiral Simon Williams and said:

“HMS Hood’s bell provides an extraordinary and moving link between the sacrifice of the Royal Navy in 1916 at Jutland and those made by a new generation of sailors in World War 2,” said Prof Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, who formally received the bell from Navy Secretary, Rear Admiral Simon Williams.

“HMS Hood was destroyed in very similar circumstances to HMS Invincible so the bell is a memorial to two battles, separated by 25 years but joined by centuries of tradition and sacrifice.”

With the bell in place, the Jutland exhibition was officially opened by the Princess Royal, who remained in the historic dockyard for the afternoon to spend a couple of hours discussing plans for next year’s centenary of women serving in the RN, Wrens 100; HRH is the Chief Commandant for Women in the Navy.

Photographs by Christoper Ison, www.christopherison.com​.

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