Windsor Or Duke Of York, Albert Frederick Arthur George

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Served as HRH Prince Albert. His father did not change the family name to Windsor until 1917 and the title of Duke of York was conferred in expectation of marriage in the 1920s. Later King George VI.

His account of the battle is featured on the Royal web site:
https://www.royal.uk/king-george-vis-then-prince-albert-account-battle-jutland Part of it reads:

… We went to “Action Stations” at 4.30 p.m. and saw the Battle Cruisers in action ahead of us on the starboard bow. Some of the other cruisers were firing on the port bow. As we came up the “Lion” leading our Battle Cruisers, appeared to be on fire the port side of the forecastle, but it was not serious.

…As far as one could see only 2 German Battle Squadrons and all their Battle Cruisers were out. The “Colossus” leading the 6th division with the “Collingwood” her next astern were nearest the enemy. The whole Fleet deployed at 5.0 and opened out. We opened fire at 5.37 p.m. on some German light cruisers. The “Collingwood”’s second salvo hit one of them which set her on fire, and sank after two more salvoes were fired into her …

I was in A turret and watched most of the action through one of the trainers telescopes, as we were firing by Director, when the turret is trained in the working chamber and not in the gun house. At the commencement I was sitting on the top of A turret and had a very good view of the proceedings. I was up there during a lull, when a German ship started firing at us, and one salvo “straddled” us. We at once returned the fire. I was distinctly startled and jumped down the hole in the top of the turret like a shot rabbit!! I didn’t try the experience again …


  1. HMS Collingwood Crew List (Photographs)
  2. HMS Collingwood Crew List (updated in Real-time)