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Lord Mountbatten

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten

Full Name: Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, (born Prince Louis of Battenberg)
Profession: Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: Mountbatten was a distinguished British statesman and a member of the Battenberg royal house. He was a second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II and an uncle to her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was known to be a close mentor to Prince Charles.

During World War II he was the Supreme Commander of Allied forces in South East Asia, which included all operations in India, Burma, Ceylon, Malaya, northern islands of Sumatra and offensive operations Siam.

After the war he served as the last Viceroy and Governor-General of India, during which he was involved in the transfer of power from Britain to an independent India, as well as controversially overseeing the partition of India into India and Pakistan.

On August 27, 1979, Mountbatten was assassinated by an IRA bomb placed on his boat in Ireland.

Born: June 25, 1900
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Lost Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 27, 1979 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Assassinated by the IRA after they blew up his boat with a bomb

Married Life

  • 1922-07-18 British naval officer Louis Mountbatten (22) weds Lord Mount Temple's daughter Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley (20) at St. Margaret's in Westminster, London

Events in the Life of Lord Mountbatten

  • 1943-08-25 Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten appointed Supreme Allied Commander in SE Asia
  • 1947-02-20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence
  • 1947-06-03 British Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
  • 1948-06-21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • 1979-08-27 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland
  • 1979-09-05 Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey