Battle of Jutland 1916
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Interviewee name: Henry Allingham
Date of event: 1 Jan 1916
Henry William Allingham was born 6 June 1896 and was, at the age of 113 when he gave this interview, the oldest verified living man in the world. Allingham is the oldest ever surviving member of any of the British Armed Forces and the oldest surviving veteran of the First World War. He is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. Here he describes (as best he can!) his remaining memories of the Battle of Jutland. Henry was ordered to join the Naval trawler HMT Kingfisher. Onboard was a Sopwith Schneider seaplane that was used to look out for the German High Seas Fleet. Allingham's responsibilities included helping to launch the plane. Although the Kingfisher was not directly involved in the battle (it shadowed the British Grand Fleet and then the High Seas Fleet), Allingham here recalls seeing the fleet steaming past him and lining up - the Germans plan had been to lure the British Fleet away and into mines and traps they had laid on for them - but this didn't work. Henry died a few weeks after this interview on the 18th July 2009