Jellicoe Express plaque unveiled at Dingwall Station

Jellicoe Express plaque unveiled at Dingwall Station

- 12/05/2017

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, was present at the unveiling of a plaque by John Jellicoe at Dingwall Station to commemorate the 'Jellicoe Express'.

The ceremony was timed to coincide with the itinerary of the steam locomotive 'Great Britain' as it visited Dingwall. The train was met my Mrs Bowen and a number of RN veterans, who greeted Captain Chris Smith RN and John Jellicoe, the grandson of Lord Jellicoe who commanded the fleet that departed from Scapa Flow and Invergordon to join that of Admiral Beattie for the Battle of Jutland.

In order to maintain the fleet at Scapa Flow a daily train departed London at 2000 to arrive at Thurso at 1530 the following day, a service that became known as the Jellicoe Express. A number of stops were made en route, one of which was Dingwall where the ladies of the town provided refreshments to the sailors on board.

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