31 May 1916
- The 172nd casualty list is published. It contains the names of several servicemen from the Central West, including William Robert Clive Beasley
- British and German naval fleets clash in the North Sea 120kms off the coast of Denmark. The Battle of Jutland is the largest sea battle of WWI, engaging a total of 100,000 men aboard 250 ships over the course of 72 hours. The British Navy loses 14 of their 151 ships, while claiming 11 of 99 German ships. Germany suffers 3,058 casualties, and Britain 6,784. Britain forces the German fleet to retreat to port, where it would remain for the remainder of the war. Britain retains its dominance of the North Sea; the German High Seas Fleet would make no further attempts to break the Allied blockade or to engage the Grand Fleet for the remainder of World War I. Understanding the Battle of Jutland
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