On Monday 8 December a short service was held in the in Canterbury to mark 100 years since the first Battle of the Falklands. Past and present members of the Royal Navy and Marines attended the service.
HMS Kent, an armoured cruiser, took part in the Battle of the Falklands on the 8th December 1914 where she sank the German light cruiser SMS Nürnberg. During the battle she was hit by 38 shells, causing serious damage and killing eight men. Despite this, she attempted to rescue men from the sinking Nürnberg. Sadly, she was only able to save five of the 332 crew.
A memorial to the dead from HMS Kent may be found in the North aisle of the Nave of the Cathedral.
The ship’s flags were laid up in the Cathedral in 1916, but were damaged during World War II, and no longer survive intact.