Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Born Jun 25, 1900

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.


1900 Birth Born on June 25, 1900.


1913 13 Years Old Mountbatten was educated at home for the first 10 years of his life: he was then sent to Lockers Park School in Hertfordshire and on to the Royal Naval College, Osborne in May 1913. … Read More
1916 16 Years Old Mountbatten was posted as midshipman to the battlecruiser in July 1916 and, after seeing action in August 1916, transferred to the battleship during the closing phases of the First World War. … Read More
1917 17 Years Old From the time of his birth until 1917, when he and several other British royals dropped their German styles and titles, Lord Mountbatten was known as His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg. … Read More
1919 19 Years Old After his war service, and having been promoted sub-lieutenant on 15 January 1919, Mountbatten attended Christ's College, Cambridge for two terms where he studied engineering in a programme that was specially designed for ex-servicemen.


1920 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He was posted to the battlecruiser in March 1920 and accompanied Edward, Prince of Wales, on a royal tour of Australia in her.
1922 - 1924 3 More Events
1926 26 Years Old He was posted to the battleship in the Reserve Fleet in 1926 and became Assistant Fleet Wireless and Signals Officer of the Mediterranean Fleet under the command of Admiral Sir Roger Keyes in January 1927.
1928 28 Years Old Promoted lieutenant-commander on 15 April 1928, he returned to the Signals School in July 1929 as Senior Wireless Instructor.


1931 - 1934 2 More Events
1936 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He successfully brought Wishart back to port in Malta and then attended the funeral of King George V in January 1936.
1937 37 Years Old He was promoted Captain on 30 June 1937 and was then given command of the destroyer in June 1939.
In July 1939 Mountbatten was granted a patent (UK Number 508,956) for a system for maintaining a warship in a fixed position relative to another ship.


On the night 9 May/10 May 1940, Kelly was torpedoed amidships by a German E-boat S 31 off the Dutch coast, and Mountbatten thereafter commanded the 5th Destroyer Flotilla from the destroyer.
1941 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1941, Mountbatten was appointed captain of the aircraft carrier which lay in Norfolk, Virginia, for repairs following action at Malta in the Mediterranean in January. … Read More
1942 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In his role with Combined Operations, Mountbatten also planned commando raids across the English Channel. As acting vice-admiral in March 1942, he was in large part responsible for the planning and organisation of The Raid at St. Nazaire in mid-1942, an operation which put out of action one of the most heavily defended docks in Nazi-occupied France until well after war's end, the ramifications of which contributed to allied supremacy in the Battle of the Atlantic.
1943 - 1946 2 More Events
His experience in the region and in particular his perceived Labour sympathies at that time led to Clement Attlee appointing him Viceroy of India on 20 February 1947 charged with overseeing the transition of British India to independence no later than 1948. … Read More


1950 - 1952 2 More Events
1953 53 Years Old Promoted to the substantive rank of full admiral on 27 February 1953, he attended the coronation of the Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
1955 55 Years Old Mountbatten served his final posting at the Admiralty as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from April 1955 to July 1959, the position which his father had held some forty years prior. … Read More
1956 56 Years Old He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on 22 October 1956. … Read More


1965 - 1969 3 More Events
1971 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1971, Nixon hosted Juan Carlos and his wife Sofia (ex-King Constantine's sister) during a visit to Washington and later that year the Washington Post published an article alleging that Nixon's administration was seeking to get Franco to retire in favour of the young Bourbon prince.
1974 74 Years Old In 1974, Mountbatten began corresponding with Charles about a potential marriage to his granddaughter, Hon. … Read More
1975 75 Years Old In February 1975, Charles visited New Delhi to play polo and was shown around the Presidential Palace by Mountbatten. … Read More
1977 77 Years Old On 27 April 1977, shortly before his 77th birthday, Mountbatten became the first member of the Royal Family to appear on the TV guest show This Is Your Life. … Read More
1978 78 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Mountbatten passed the presidency of the college to his great-nephew, the Prince of Wales. … Read More
Mountbatten expressed his feelings towards the use of nuclear weapons in combat in his article "A Military Commander Surveys The Nuclear Arms Race," which was published shortly after his death in International Security in the winter of 1979–80. … Read More