David Beatty

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David Beatty (1871-1936), 1st Earl Beatty

British Royal Navy admiral.

Gained recognition in the recapture of the Sudan (1896-1899) and the Boxer Rebellion (1900). Appointed first lord of the Admiralty in 1913, commanding the Battlecruiser Squadron. Took part in actions at Heligoland Bight (1914), Dogger Bank (1913) and Jutland (1916).

Made commander of the Grand Fleet in 1917 and he was a capable first sea lord 1919-1927.