Stoker 1st Class K/11557 Edwin Parker
Died at Sea, Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916, aged 24 or 29.
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On 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland HMS Queen Mary was part of a larger fleet attempting to engage German ships in Jutland and at about 16.25hrs shell fire from the German ship Derfflinger hit her twice. One shell hit forward and detonated one or both of the forward magazines, which broke the ship in two near the foremast. 1,266 crewmen were lost; eighteen survivors were picked up by the destroyers HMS Laurel, HMS Petard, and HMS Tipperary, and two by the Germans.
The Battel of Jutland was world’s greatest naval battle. More than 240 battleships were involved in this showdown between British and German naval forces. In the space of just a day, 25 vessels fell victim to a massive exchange of fire. Along with the almost 9,000 British and German seamen who perished, they were left to the fate of the ocean.