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Birth of Admiral Jellicoe

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, World War 1 on Wednesday, 24 November 2010

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Admiral Jellicoe (bottom right), commandor of the British fleet during the Battle of Jutland (top)

5 December marks the anniversary of the birth of Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe in 1859. Born to a seafaring family, Jellicoe rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy from cadet in 1872 to commander in 1891 and rear-admiral in 1907. He was promoted to Admiral and put in command of the British Grand Fleet in 1914. His leadership during the Battle of Jutland has been criticised although his lack of a decisive victory was down to caution rather than bad decision-making. The German Battle Fleet was heavily damaged during the clash in 1916 but the public felt disappointment that it was not destroyed completely.

Jellicoe was later made Admiral of the Fleet and became Earl Jellicoe in 1925. He died in 1935.

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