Ernle Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield

Ernle Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield
1873 - 1967

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First Name Ernle
Middle Name Chatfield, 1st Baron
Last Name Chatfield
Age 94 (age at death) years
Birthday 27th September, 1873
Birthplace Southsea, Hampshire, England
Died 15th November, 1967
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality British

Admiral of the Fleet Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield, GCB OM KCMG CVO PC DL (27 September 1873 – 15 November 1967) was a Royal Navy officer. During the First World War he was present as Sir David Beatty's Flag-Captain at the Battle of Heligoland Bight in August 1914, at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915 and at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. After the War he became Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet and then Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet before serving as First Sea Lord in the mid-1930s in which role he won arguments that the Royal Navy should have 70 cruisers rather than the 50 cruisers that had been agreed at the Naval Conference of 1930, that the battleship was still had an important role to play despite the development of the bomber and that the Fleet Air Arm should be part of the Royal Navy rather than the Royal Air Force. He subsequently served as Minister for Coordination of Defence in the early years of the Second World War.

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