David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
Admiral of the Fleet (Royal Navy)
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David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, GCB
Order of the Bath
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, OM, GCVO
Royal Victorian Order
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Distinguished Service Order
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(17 January 1871 – 11 March 1936) was an admiral
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in the Royal Navy
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. Achieving career success at an early age, he commanded the British battlecruisers at the Battle of Jutland
Battle of Jutland
The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle between the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet during the First World War. The battle was fought on 31 May and 1 June 1916 in the North Sea near Jutland, Denmark. It was the largest naval battle and the only...
in 1916, a tactically indecisive engagement after which his aggressive approach was contrasted with the caution of his commander Admiral Jellicoe
John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe
Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, GCB, OM, GCVO was a British Royal Navy admiral who commanded the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in World War I...
. Later in the war he succeeded Jellicoe as Commander in Chief of the Grand Fleet, in which capacity he received the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet at the end of hostilities, and then in the 1920s he served a lengthy term as First Sea Lord
First Sea Lord
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(head of the Royal Navy).
He is best remembered today for his comment that "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today" at Jutland, where three of his battlecruisers exploded and sank under German fire exacerbated by design faults and poor strategy.
Beatty was born at Howbeck Lodge in the parish of Stapeley, Cheshire
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, on 17 January 1871.