David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
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David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty

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Born Jan 17, 1871
Died Mar 11, 1936

Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO was an admiral in the Royal Navy. Achieving career success at an early age, he commanded the British battlecruisers at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, a tactically indecisive engagement after which his aggressive approach was contrasted with the caution of his commander Admiral Jellicoe.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

The two were unable to marry until after Katrine had obtained a divorce on 21 February 1871, after the birth of their first two sons. … Read More
1881 10 Years Old In 1881 Beatty's grandfather died and his father succeeded to the 18th century mansion, 'Borodale', outside Enniscorthy, in County Wexford. … Read More

TEENAGE

1884 - 1885 2 More Events
1886 15 Years Old In January 1886, Beatty was given orders to join the China Station. … Read More
1889 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1889 Beatty left Alexandra.
1890 19 Years Old On 2 September 1890 he was transferred to the gunnery school, Excellent. … Read More

TWENTIES

From July to August 1892 he served in the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert while Queen Victoria was holidaying in the Mediterranean. … Read More
1895 24 Years Old From Ruby he transferred to the battleship Camperdown until October 1895. … Read More
1896 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Following Camperdown he was transferred to the battleship Trafalgar until 4 May 1896. … Read More
1897 26 Years Old 1 More Event
On 9 January 1897, he was given his first command, the destroyer Ranger, continuing up to June 1897 when he was again seconded to the Egyptian government for the next phase of the campaign. … Read More
1898 27 Years Old Once again Kitchener commended Beatty for his efforts in the campaign and as a result Hood and Beatty were both promoted to Commander on 15 November 1898. … Read More
1899 28 Years Old On 20 April 1899 Beatty was appointed executive officer of the small battleship HMS Barfleur, flagship of the China Station, Captain Stanley Colville under Rear-Admiral James Bruce. … Read More
1900 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In the summer of 1900 the rebellion reached Peking, where the German legation was attacked and foreign nationals withdrew to the relative safety of the Legation Quarter. … Read More

THIRTIES

1901 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Arthur agreed to cooperate, and filed for divorce in America on the grounds of desertion, which was granted 9 May 1901.
1902 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1902 he was passed fit for sea duty and was appointed captain of the cruiser HMS Juno in June, spending two months in exercises with the Channel Fleet under Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson before joining the Mediterranean fleet.
1906 - 1908 2 More Events
1910 39 Years Old 1 More Event
He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 1 January 1910 by a special order in council since he had not completed the requisite time as a captain. … Read More

FORTIES

1911 40 Years Old Spring 1911 Beatty and family rented a house at Ryde on the Isle of Wight while he attended the senior officer's war course. … Read More
1912 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He was approaching two years on half pay (which would trigger automatic retirement from the navy) when on January 8, 1912 his career was saved by the new First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. … Read More
1913 - 1914 2 More Events
1915 44 Years Old In August 1915, he was promoted to full Vice-Admiral. … Read More
1916 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Achieving career success at an early age, he commanded the British battlecruisers at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, a tactically indecisive engagement after which his aggressive approach was contrasted with the caution of his commander Admiral Jellicoe. … Read More

FIFTIES

1923 - 1924 2 More Events
1927 56 Years Old In 1927 Beatty, who had become the first chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, retired from active service. … Read More
1929 58 Years Old A (perhaps apocryphal) story is sometimes told of Beatty's retirement, that he canvassed in uniform in support of Conservative candidates in dockyard constituencies, presumably in the 1929 or 1931 General Elections. … Read More
1930 59 Years Old In 1930 the Scottish artist Cowan Dobson painted a full-length portrait of Beatty in white-tie and tails.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1936 65 Years Old Died on March 11, 1936.
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