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|Lincoln rededicate Maenad memorial corner to Jutland
ENJOYING a position in a memorial corner at
Lincoln Branch is the Battle Ensign flown by
destroyer HMS Maenad at the Royal Navy’s
greatest 20th Century battle.
Shipmates conserved, remounted and
rededicated the flag, half a century after it was
first donated to the branch by a veteran of the
titanic North Sea battle between the British and
The ensign ended up in the hands of S/M
Henry Clarke Rylatt, an Ordinary Telegraphist
aboard the M-class destroyer. Late in life, he
wanted the flag preserved for future generations
– and donated it to his local RNA branch, who
framed it and put it on display, pictured left.
Half a century later, branch members decided
the ensign was looking somewhat forlorn and
should be displayed properly. They turned to
local gallery owner/conservator Richard Sivill to
help preserve the flag... which spent seven days
in a dehumidifier, before it was re-mounted
unfolded in a new specially-designed display case
which will shield it from the elements (dampness,
sunlight, changes in temperature) for 100 years.
The result is a ‘Jutland corner’ dedicated to the
standard, Maenad, Henry Rylatt (whose medals
are on display with the flag) all rededicated in
the presence of National Chairman S/M Keith
Ridley, representatives from branches across No.9
Area, RN officers and senior rates from the Joint
EW Operational Support Centre based at RAF
Waddington, Lincoln Submariners Association,
City of Lincoln RBL, RVS Camaraderie Club,
Royal Signals Association, RAFA and officers and
cadets from TS Wrangler.
Branch chaplain the Rev John Moore read out
the Naval Prayer as a form of blessing for the new
installation after the unveiling by S/M Keith.
The Chairman of No.9 Area, S/M Keith
Crawford, also used the event to present the Area
Shipmate of the Year Award to S/M Peter Corby
of Sleaford Branch.
Peter was being recognized for his unstinting
efforts to keep his Branch going when it looked as
though it may slip beneath the waves. It is now in
a stronger place than it has been for many years.
On completion, the tot was issued (not to the
cadets) and glasses raised to the memory of HMS
Maenad – which lived a charmed life at Jutland
(no casualties, despite a night-time encounter
with a German battleship) – as well as S/M Henry
and the five men from Lincoln who were killed in
the 1916 battle.
Rylatt, Henry Clarke