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MINUTE'S SILENCE TO MARK BATTLE OF JUTLAND

15 April 2016

Centenary of First World War battle approaching

Pompey and Plymouth Argyle will mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland with a minute’s silence ahead of the fixture between the clubs on Saturday.

The tribute to more than 8,500 sailors who died on both sides will mark this pivotal sea battle of the First World War, which occurred from May 31-June 1 in 1916.

A spokesperson for the two clubs said: “Given the Dockyard heritage of the respective cities, it was felt this game was an appropriate occasion to commemorate the event.

“Many of those affected would have been serving on ships based in Portsmouth and Plymouth.”

Chris Pennycook from the Pompey Pals charity, which documents the role Portsmouth people played in the Great War, added: “This is a most fitting way to mark the loss of so many sailors.

“It is almost certain there will be fans from both clubs whose forebears would have been directly affected by this momentous event.”

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