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Doveton Sturdee

Royal Navy admiral of the fleet

Died when: 65 years 332 days (790 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Doveton Sturdee

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee, 1st Baronet GCB, KCMG, CVO (9 June 1859 – 7 May 1925) was a Royal Navy officer.

After training as a torpedo officer, he commanded two different cruisers and then three different battleships before becoming commander of the 1st Battle Squadron of the Home Fleet.

He went on to command the 3rd Cruiser Squadron and then the 2nd Cruiser Squadron.Just before the start of the First World War Sturdee became Chief of War Staff at the Admiralty.

In November 1914 the Royal Navy suffered a serious defeat at the Battle of Coronel.In response Sturdee was sent to the South Atlantic to seek out the German squadron, commanded by Graf Maximilian von Spee, which had caused the damage at Coronel.

On 8 December 1914, while coaling at Stanley, Sturdee encountered von Spee and the subsequent action became known as the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

Von Spee, finding that he was engaged with a superior force, was forced to flee.In the course of the pursuit Sturdee's forces sank almost the entire German squadron.

Only one light cruiser escaped but she was hunted down in March 1915.In the closing years of the war Sturdee served as commander of the 4th Battle Squadron in the Grand Fleet and then as Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.

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