1915, Battle of Dogger Bank, British Prime Minister, economy, food, fundraising, H. H. Asquith, HMS Lion, Imperial German Navy, North Sea, Royal Navy, sinking, Sir David Beatty, SMS Blucher, SMS Seydlitz, The Times appeal
A British patrolling squadron, in the North Sea, sights three German battle-cruisers and an armoured cruiser, the Blücher, steering westwards. The German warships turned and made for home, but were pursued and brought to action. The Lion, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty, led the British line. The Blücher was sunk, and two other German battle-cruisers were seriously damaged. The question of the food supply, and the rise in prices, under consideration by a Committee of the Cabinet, presided over by the Prime Minister. The Times Fund amounts to £902,122.
[At a later date, The Times Diary states that “the Seydlitz is seriously damaged” alongside the Blücher.]