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May 31, 2016

Letter returned from Jutland battle


The smoke of the Battle of Jutland had long since cleared when a Swedish man picked from the sea the overcoat of Robert Willie Parry, of Y Felinheli. One pocket ...

Category: General
Posted by: RhodriC

contained a letter written by Robert's cousin Sophie, in which she berated him for not visiting her during his last leave. Robert died 100 years ago today while serving as acting leading stoker on HMS Defence, and the letter was returned to Sophie from Sweden. For more on this story and a picture of Robert, scan the HistoryPoints QR codes near Y Felinheli war memorial, then click the soldier icon next to his details. Or click here to see our page in his memory. Another who died on HMS Defence was maths tutor Thomas Elwyn Jones of Colwyn Bay. Rhyl youngster Peter James Thomas also died that day, aged 16, on HMS Invincible.