Martin Shaw reads Rudyard Kipling's poem My Boy Jack

Martin Shaw reads Rudyard Kipling's poem My Boy Jack to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

The Battle of Jutland took place between the 31 May and 1 June 1916. It resulted in 6,094 British sailors lost and the sinking of 151 British ships.

Among the sailors was the future King George VI, mentioned in dispatches for his action as a turret officer aboard HMS Collingwood.

My Boy Jack

Though Kipling wrote My Boy Jack after his son John (known as Jack) was killed during the Battle of Loos, it was published in his story Sea Warfare about the Battle of Jutland. Today the reference to Jack can be taken to a sailor or "Jack Tar" as well as Kipling's son.

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