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John Jellicoe

British Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe

Full Name: John Rushworth Jellicoe
Profession: British Admiral of the Fleet

United Kingdom

Biography: Admiral John Jellicoe commanded the Grand Fleet during the crucial Battle of Jutland in May 1916 during World War I.

At the time Jellicoe was criticized for his cautious tactics but history has judged him better for his strategic victory over his opposite Admiral Reinhard Scheer.

He later became the Governor General of New Zealand in the 1920s.

Born: December 5, 1859
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: November 20, 1935 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

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Married Life

  • 1902-07-01 British admiral John Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London

Historical Events

  • 1916-05-31 Battle of Jutland: Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. German fleet never puts to sea again in WWI.
  • 1916-05-31 Battle of Jutland: British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, only 6 crew members survive

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