Beatty, David Beatty, 1st Earl

Beatty, David Beatty, 1st Earl

(bē`tē), 1871–1936, British admiral. He served with distinction in Egypt and Sudan (1896–98) and in the Boxer Uprising (1900) in China. Made rear admiral in 1910, he commanded successful naval actions early in World War I at Helgoland Bight (1914) and at Dogger Bank (1915). His battle cruiser squadron lured the German fleet into position for an engagement with the British grand fleet under Admiral John JellicoeJellicoe, John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl,
1859–1935, British admiral. Crowning a naval career begun in 1872, he served (1914–16) as commander in chief of the Grand Fleet in World War I.
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 at the battle of JutlandJutland, battle of,
only major engagement between the British and German fleets in World War I. They met c.60 mi (100 km) west of the coast of Jutland. On May 31, 1916, a British squadron under Admiral Beatty was scouting in advance of the British main fleet, in search of the
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 (1916). Beatty commanded (1916–19) the fleet and was (1919–27) first sea lord of the navy. He was created Earl Beatty in 1919.
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