David Beatty

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty Full Name: David Beatty
Nationality: British

Profession: British Admiral of the Fleet
Why Famous: Beatty commanded the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, during which he is reported to have said "there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today" after two of them had exploded within half an hour during the battle.

He is also remembered for always wearing his cap at a jaunty angle.

Born: January 17, 1871
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantwich, Cheshire, England

Died: March 12, 1936 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Historical Events in the Life of David Beatty

  • 1886-05-15 David Beatty is promoted to midshipman
  • 1890-05-14 David Beatty is promoted to sub-lieutenant
  • 1892-08-25 David Beatty is promoted to lieutenant
  • 1896-06-03 David Beatty is seconded to the Egyptian government and appointed second in command of the river flotilla
  • 1898-11-15 David Beatty is promoted to commander
  • 1899-04-20 David Beatty is appointed executive officer of the HMS Barfleur, a small battleship and flagship of the China Station
  • 1900-06-11 David Beatty and 150 men from HMS Barfleur land as part of a force of 2,400 defending Tientsin from 15,000 Chinese troops plus Boxers
  • 1900-11-08 David Beatty takes part in the successful relief of the naval brigade and is promoted to captain
  • 1902-06-02 David Beatty is appointed captain of the cruiser HMS Juno
  • 1910-01-01 David Beatty is promoted to rear-admiral
  • 1913-03-01 David Beatty becomes Rear-Admiral Commanding the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron
  • 1915-08-09 David Beatty is confirmed in the rank of vice-admiral
  • 1919-01-01 David Beatty is promoted to full admiral
  • 1919-05-01 David Beatty is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet
  • 1919-10-18 David Beatty is created 1st Earl Beatty, Viscount Borodale, and Baron Beatty of the North Sea and Brooksby
  • 1919-11-01 David Beatty becomes First Sea Lord

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