Royal Naval Interest, Admiral Sturdee's Pennant as Flown at the Battle
A most rare surviving item 43 x 39 cms, the ground of white linen with applied broad red linen strips forming the cross of St. George, in the upper left canton a red linen roundel 9.5 cms in diameter. Complete with halyard and heavy brass toggles. A printed detail card states 'The Original Flag Of Vice Admiral Sir Frederick C. Doveton Sturdee, Bart., KCB. CVO. CMG. Flown By H.M.S. Benbow At The Battle Of Jutland Which Occurred On The Night Of May 31st To June 1st 1916. Presented To Arthur N. Hill By S.C. Burgess, Chief Yeoman Of Signals H.M.S. Benbow'. The distinguishing feature of this flag is its miniature size, in normal times it would be very much larger, but in action is greatly reduced as shown so as not to divulge to the enemy that this was a Flag Ship carrying an Admiral on board. The flag with some service fraying, framed and glazed in 1990 replacing an earlier woodwormed frame.