EARL BEATTY, ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET, VISCOUNT BORODALE AND BARON BEATTY OF THE NORTH SEA AND OF BROOKSBY, G.C.B., P.C., O.M., G.C.V.O., D.S.O. '

Rawson, Lt. Cmdr. Geoffrey.


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2nd imp. of the 1st ed., n.d. (1930). 256 pp., port. frontis + 17 other photo-plates. Blue cloth ; black lettering. 23 x 16cm. Some foxing as usual o/w V.G. Published in 1930, with a second edition in 1936, this is an inter-war biography of Admiral Lord Beatty (1871-1936). Born in Nantwich, Cheshire, Beatty served in the Sudan (1896-98), and in command of a battleship he fought in the China War of 1900. In 1912 he was appointed to command the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron, and in the early days of the First World War he steamed into Heligoland Bight and destroyed three German cruisers. In 1915 he sank the BLUCHER at the Dogger Bank, but at Jutland in the following year his actions became the subject of controversy. A handsome dashing figure, he was also a very complex character. He went on to become C-in-C of the Grand Fleet (1916-1919) and First Sea Lord (1919-1927), positions in which he proved himself to be highly effective. At his death in 1936 he was buried in the crypt of St. Paul's near to Nelson and Jellicoe.


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