Admiral of the Fleet
Sir David Beatty,
G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., D.S.O.,
1st Earl Beatty,
viscount borodale of wexford,
baron beatty of the north sea and brooksby


Updated 18-Oct-2007

Admiral of the Fleet Sir David Beatty, Earl Beatty



Personal Details
Event Date / details Source
Date of Birth 17 January 1871 1
Place of Birth Howbeck, Cheshire 1
Name of father D.L. Beatty Esq 1
Profession of father 4th Hussars 3
Wife's Name Ethel Field 3
Date of Marriage 1901 3
Place of Marriage    
Date of Death 11 March 1936 3
Place of Burial    


Rank History
Rank Date attained Source
Entered Service 15 January 1884 1
Midshipman 15 May 1886 1
Sub-Lieutenant 14 May 1890 1
Lieutenant 25 August 1892 1
Commander 15 November 1898 1
Captain ?9? November 1900 1
Rear-Admiral 1 July 1910 1
Vice-Admiral 9 August 1915 1
Acting Admiral 27 November 1916 1
Admiral ?? January 1919 1
Admiral of the Fleet (Specially promoted for valuable Services during the War See O. in C. of 15.4.19) 3 April 1919 1


Rewards & Distinctions
Source: ADM 196/43 - Service History
Gained 8 months time on passing out of the "Britannia!
D.S.O. for services during Soudan operation 1896 Gazette 17 Nov 96
Medal for ?Dogola? expedition 1896
Halfir Clasp for ditto 1896
?Hedjidich? ??????????????? granted to accept & wear Gazette 7 Oct 98
Specially promoted to Captain for service in China Gazette 9 Nov 1900
MVO 4th Cl Gazette 12 May 1905
Unpaid Aide de Camp 5 Nov 08
K.C.V.O. Gazette 20.6.16
Military Order of St. George (4th Class)
Invested by the King with G.C.B. on H.M.S Q. Elizabeth 24/6/17
G.C.B. 31 May 1916 Gazette 15.9.16
G.C.V.O. on occasion of King's visit to Grand Fleet 25.6.17 Gazette 29/6/17
Grand Officers of the Military Order of Savoy Gazette 11.8.17
Order of Rising Sun (Grand Cordon) Gazette 29/8/17
Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold Gaz 29/12/18
Croix de Guerre (France) Bronze Palm Gaz 15.12.19
O.M. Gazette 3.6.19
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour 27/5/19
Grand Cross of Star of Roumania Gaz 17/3/19
 


Examinations
Source: ADM 196/43
Passed for Midn 2nd Cl Cert 845 Marks
Passed Seamanship 2nd Cl Cert 814 3/4 Marks
Passed College April 1891 3rd Cl Cert 1096 Marks
Passed Torpedo May 1891 1st Cl Cert. 191 Marks
Passed Gunnery Oct 91 2nd Cl Cert 521 Marks
Passed Pilotage Jan 1892 2nd Cl Cert. 792 Marks


Special Attainments or Qualifications
Source: ADM 196/43
May 90 Mean for Certs : of former service 9 3/4 marks


Service / Appointments History
Ship Station Date of
appointment
Date of
discharge
Cause Source
Britannia Training Ship 15 Jan 84 Dec 85   1
Bellerophon addl Medn 5 Jan 86 5 Jan 86 Cancelled 1
Alexandra Medn 5 Feb 86 19 Mch 89 ???? 1
Warspite for Manoeuvres   19 July 89 12 Sept 09 Ruby 1
Ruby Training Sq 12 Sept 89 2 Sept 90   1
Excellent for R.N. College   2 Sept 90     1
???? for T/boat 33 Manoeuvres 8 July 91     1
Nile Miditn 19 Jan 92 23 June 92 Ordered home 1
Victoria & Albert Royal Yacht 1 July 92 25 Aug 92 Promoted 1
Ruby Training Sq 31 Aug 92 5 Sep 93   1
Camperdown Med 5 Sep 93 Oct 95 P.O. 1
Trafalgar Med Oct 95 4 May 96 P.O. 1
?Victory for Ranger in command? Ports 9 Jany 97 1 July 97 Ceased 1
Barfleur China 20 Apl 99 1 Aug 00 Invdd 1
Juno Cruiser Sqdn 2 June 02 19.12.02 P.O. 1
Arrogant Med 3.11.03 30.9.04   1
Diana   30.9.04 5.9.04 Supd 1
Mars Chan Fleet 12.10.04 10.04   1
Suffolk Med 10.04 1-9-05 Supd 1
Naval adviser to Army Council   21.12. 15.12.08   1
Queen Atlan 15.12.08 4.1.10 Sup 1
War Course   6.3.11 23.6.11   1
Naval Secretary to 1st Lord   8.1.12 9.1.13 Supd 1
Aboukir 6 Cr. Sq. 2.7.12   Mans 1
Rear Adml 1st Bat Cr Sq.   1.3.13     1
Actg Vice Adl 1st Bat Cr Sq.   3.8.14     1
Princess Royal (Flag tranf)   24.1.15     1
VA Commg Battle Cruiser Fleet   2.15     1
VA Commg Battle Cruiser Fleet Lion   9.4.15 27.11.16   1
VA Commg Battle Cruiser Fleet Queen Mary   23.11.15   1
VA Commg Battle Cruiser Fleet Tiger   26.6.16   1
Commander in Chief Grand Fleet (Iron Duke)
with Acting Rank of Admiral
  27.11.16 7.4.19
Haulded down flag
  1
Queen Elizabeth   16.2.17   1
President addl for Special Svce (M. 12031/19, M. 12828/19, M. 13314/19)   17.4.19 30.4.19   1
President additional for special Svce (Outside Admy)   10.6.19     1
First Sea Lord   1.11.19     3
Continued Book II Page 391         1


Reports
Source: ADM 196/44 Service History
Date of Report General Conduct Ability Professional knowledge, specifying any particular branch Whether temperate habits Special knowledge or acquirements (Languages, Drawing, & c.) Remarks, mentioning any special defects or high qualifications as regards Zeal, Judgment, Physical Qualities, & c., and if specially recommended for advancement. Remarks
Dec 85 VG VF         Capt. Bowden-Smith
10 Jan 87
Alexandra
VG VG VG Yes     Capt. Fellowes
Feb 88 VGI VG VG Yes     Capt. Fellowes
1 Jan 89 VGI G VG Yes   Promising (A smart intelligent boy D of Edin) Capt. Boyes
Mar 89 VGI G VG Yes   Trustworthy & promising (Promising D of Edin) Capt. Boyes
22 Oct 95 VG     Yes French Zealous & attentive Capt. Craigie
May 96 VG VG VG Yes   Good at physical exercises Capt. Milne
Dec 99 VGI VGI VGI Yes French Very zealous high judgment great faculty for command. Capt. SC Colville


Special Reports or Service
Source: ADM 196/43
?2? Dec 88 Firections give for Mr Beatty to be sent to England by Man of War or Transport in March or April next to join Traing Squadron
19 March 89 ??? for passage tp England
29 Mar 89 Arrived and entered in book of D of ?Well?
7 June 90 This officer who was transferred to books of D of Well by C in C Sheerness to await next joining ???? at College to return to Ruby
23 June 92
telegrame sent to return to England forthwith
Lent to Egyptian Government for service in connection with the operations on the Nile. Appt to take effect from 3 June 1896 N4248
Time served in Egypt to count under Sec 5 para 9 of O in S of 22 Feby 1870
19 Nov 96 Returned to England having ceased duty under Egyptian Government
Ovt 96 Sirdar of Egyptian Army testifies to value of this Officer's services during Dongola / S????? - "I cannot speak too highly of this officer's ????iour
See Gazette Nov 9 1896 as to services with Dingola Expedition ????
Lent to Egyptian Government - Time to count as full service for pay, half pay and retirement Ad of 18 June 97
Promoted for services on Nile 97 during Soudan operations including Battles of Atbara & Khartoum (See Gazette 15 Nov 98)
Granted permission to accept & wear insignia of Medjidieh of fourth class See Gazette 7 Oct 98
24 Oct 98 Arrived in England from Egypt
Included in thanks of Parliament 8 June 1899 Egypt
Awarded English Soudan Medal (1898)
June 00 Landed on outbreak in China & slightly wounded at Tientsin
Invalided 1 Augt 00 due Liverpool 12 Sept via New York
Surveyed 12 Sept 00 Unfit. To be surveyed 12 Dec 1900
20/29 May 00 Very satisfactory Inspn of Barfleur by RA Bruce
* Gunshot wound of left arm followed by paralysis - wound received in action during defence of Tientsin
Dofuelln addl for 18 days ?fp? leave from 13 Sept 00 inclusive
Resurveyed 12 Dec Unfit to be re surveyed 12 Mch 1901
Re surveyed 11 Mch Unfit. To be re surveyed 11 June 01
Re-surveyed 12 June 01. Unfit. To be again re-surveyed 12 Sept 01
To be paid diff between full and half pay from 12 June 01 for period 3 mns
12 Sept 01. Unfit. To be re-surveyed 12 Dec 01
Adml Seymour C in C Tientsin accompanied relief force at own request although suffering from two partially healed wounds & mentd in desptch from Genl offr Commdg British Forces, Tientsin, 19 July 00 most zealous & energetic & was among the first troops to enter the city
12 Dec 01 Surveyed & found unfit for service. To be re-surveyed in 3 months (12 March 1902)
10 Mch Found unfit to be resurveyed by MDG 12 May 02
13 May Found fit by MDG
NL 16100 Satisfy inspn of Arrogant by Ad. Seymour 10.11.03
CN2 602/04 Fouling of propeller of Arrogantby a 2 1/2 wire - Cautioned to take better precautions
MVO 4th Cl 9-5-03
Foulig of propeller of Suffolk 26 June 05 - due to an error of judgment NL 9704/05
A13526 Dec 08 War Office expresses appreciation of ready ?? operation expert knowledge as adviser to Army Council (on abolition of post)
NL 7958 June 09 Satisfy inspn of Queen Prince Louis of Battenberg
Compd War Course 23.6.11
1.3.13 Assumed Command 1st BC Sq
Proceedings ???? occasion of action 28 August 1914: appreciation expressed of resolution & fortitude shown in bringing his Squadron into Action notwithstanding ??????????


Captains Confidential Reports
Date
Remarks Reporting Officer
     
     


Commanders Confidential Reports
Source: ADM 196/ Commanders Confidential Reports
Date
Remarks Reporting Officer
     
     


Sources
1 ADM 196/43 Service History National Archives
2 London Gazette (various dates) www.gazettes-online.co.uk
3 Times, 11 March 1936 Worcestershire County Council Libraries