Pupils from Royal Hospital School remember lives lost in Battle of Jutland at ceremony in Trafalgar Square

Royal Hospital School pupils Nick Sims, Libby Parker, Harry Hindley, Fergus Atkins, Dominic Curtis,

Royal Hospital School pupils Nick Sims, Libby Parker, Harry Hindley, Fergus Atkins, Dominic Curtis, Lauryn Marshall, Connor Ryan, Anna-Marie Khan and Fraser McGready with Sir Ben Kinsley - Credit: Archant

Pupils from the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook were among those who headed to Trafalgar Square on Monday to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Jutland.

A total of 101 former pupils at the school lost their lives in the First World War battle, fought between British and German fleets in the North Sea on May 31, 1916.

Pupils formed a Guard of Honour in Trafalgar Square at the memorials to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who commanded the British Grand Fleet, and Admiral David Richard Beatty, who succeeded Jellicoe as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet. A minutes silence was observed at 2.28pm, the moment when the first shots were fired in the Battle of Jutland.

Year 10 pupil Libby Parker said “It was an honour to be part of this important occasion marking the 100 year commemoration of the Battle of Jutland at the memorials to Admirals Jellicoe and Beattie in Trafalgar Square.

“Meeting actor and film director Sir Ben Kingsley was very exciting. He was extremely interested to hear all about the school’s involvement in WW1 and the sacrifice former pupils made as he is hoping make a film about the Battle of Jutland.”