Jutland 1916: North American Fatalities Update

In Memory of Fallen Comrades. Jutland Service 1933. British Pathé

Update to Two Days of May

A recent jaunt to the University of Victoria has found four other sailors with Canadian connections lost at sea during the Battle of Jutland May 31 – June 1, 1916.

Royal Canadian Navy

Engineer Lieutenant Stanley N. de Quetteville, HMS Indefatigable
Commemorated on the Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Only known R.C.N. sailor at Jutland. No other details known at this time.

Royal Navy

David William Shafto Douglas Commemorative Plaque.

David William Shafto Douglas Commemorative Plaque at St. Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland. From Douglas Family history website.

Lieutenant-Commander David William Shafto Douglas, HMS Black Prince
Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England.

Third son of Admiral Sir Archibald Lucius Douglas G.C.B., G.C.V.O., former Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. The latter born at Quebec, Canada in 1842.

Captain Stanley Venn Ellis, HMS Defence
Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

Son of the Reverend Henry Venn Ellis of Alderton Rectory, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Husband of Kathleen Venn Ellis (nee Beavan), Victoria, B.C. Only daughter of the Honourable Robert Beavan, sixth Premier of British Columbia.

Royal Naval Reserve

Engine Room Artificer John Shearer Ross, HMS Indefatigable
Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Ross, 15 Albion Street, Glasgow, Scotland. Former student of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was captivated by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Over time Paul became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography, narration and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was inspired when he learned Weir visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. "Gallipoli", the film, led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii, Gallipoli, North Macedonia and Salonika. When Paul first watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests was a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, Paul believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.


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