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Tribute to WWI Falklands admirals

By Ben Mitchell

Descendants of the three admirals who led the Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy at the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands in the First World War have paid tribute at sea.

The Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector carried the descendants of Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock RN, Vice Admiral Maximilian Graf Von Spee (Imperial German Navy) and Vice Admiral Sir Frederick Doveton Sturdee RN to the site where the Battle of the Falklands was waged on December 8, 1914.

Wreathes were then cast in memory of the thousands of sailors who lost their lives during the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands.

Emanuel Graf Von Spee, the great-great nephew of Adm Graf Von Spee, said: "It was a really emotional moment to be at the site of the battle; back then our nations were at war but now we stand together.

"I cannot begin to imagine what the situation must have been like 100 years ago, especially when you consider that these admirals knew each other personally but still had to go to war against one another."

The commemorative events to mark the battles were arranged by the island's 1914 Committee.

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