In November 1914, H.M.S. Kent was under a part of the British fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Frederick Doveton Sturdee, sent to defend the Falkland Islands from German attack. British Intelligence had discovered the German China Squadron was returning to Germany, from Japan via South America and may attack the Falklands. The German China Squadron commanded by Admiral Maximillian Von Spree consisted of the Cruisers ‘Gneisenau’ and ‘Scharnhorst’, the light Cruisers ‘Dresden’, ‘Liepzig’ and the ‘Nurnberg’. The two fleets first met off the coast of Chile, the Germans sank the British ships H.M.S. ‘Good Hope’ and H.M.S ‘Monmouth’, the other ships H.M.S. ‘Glasgow’ and the armed merchant ship H.M.S. ‘Otranto’ had to withdraw.