Lord Mountbatten Biography

Lord Mountbatten Biography

Lord Mountbatten (1900 – 1979) : Life History of Last Viceroy of British India

Lord Mountbatten was Louis of Battenberg and was the great grandson of Queen Victoria and second cousin of George V. Last Viceroy of British India, Mountbatten was also first Governor General of independent India in 1947.

Birth Details

Lord Mountbatten was born on 25th June, 1900 in Windsor. His father Prince Louis of Battenberg changed the name of his family to Mountbatten from Battenberg due to the anti-German feelings in Britain during World War I.

Born: June 25, 1900, Frogmore House, United Kingdom
Assassinated: August 27, 1979, Sligo, Republic of Ireland
Spouse: Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (m. 1922–1960)
Children: Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Lady Pamela Hicks
Parents: Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Prince Louis of Battenberg
Siblings: Princess Alice of Battenberg, Louise Mountbatten, George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven

Personal Biography

Commonly known as Lord Mountbatten, his full name was Luis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten. He was British Admiral and the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. His royal ancestry dates back to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

He married Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley on 18 July 1922. She was the daughter of Wilfred William Ashley.

Lord Mountbatten passed away on 27 August 1979. He was assassinated in a bomb blast planted in his boat by IRA.

Career

For formal education, Mountbatten attended Lockers Park Prep School. Later he joined Royal Navy during World War I and this was the time he accompanied Prince of Wales, Edward on a royal trip to India in 1922. In 1941, he was appointed as Chief of combined operations and his career came on the fast track.

During World War II, Mountbatten was appointed as the commander of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla. This time he led many operations and was quite famous and popular for his daring and adventurous acts. The credit of inventing Mountbatten Pink Naval Camouflage pigment goes to Lord Mountbatten. During the Crete campaign in 1941, his ship sank and at the same time he was appointed as the captain of HMS illustrious.   

Clement Atlee appointed Lord Mountbatten as the last Viceroy of British Indian Empire. He was also appointed first Governor-General of Independent India. He also served as Chief of the Defense Staff and also took charge of the presidency of United World Colleges after partition and independence of India. He befriended many Indian princes who had full faith on him. With Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, he shared amicable relations. Mountbatten made many efforts for unified Independent India. After some time he had to relent and resigned himself to the idea of partition of India.

He oversaw the partition of India into independent Pakistan and India during his tenure as Viceroy. He remained in Delhi for some time after India became independent and served as the first Governor-General of independent India.

Lord Mountbatten served in the Mediterranean Fleet after leaving India and became a staff officer. He was honored as the First Sea Lord and in 1959 he was appointed as Chief of the Defense and served for six years. He also became Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wright and remained on this position until his death.

Death

In his last years, Lord Mountbatten generally planned holidays in the northwest coast of Ireland in Mullaghmore, which was a famous seaside holiday destination. On 27 August 1979, Lord Mountbatten was assassinated in a bomb blast set in his boat by Irish Republic Army (IRA).

Quotes

"Churchill was the canny political animal, very devious, bursting with energy and determination, learning as hard as he could."
- Lord Mountbatten

"Even that crazy lunatic, my aunt the Empress, wa absolutely sweet and charming."
- Lord Mountbatten

"You can divide my life into two."
- Lord Mountbatten

"Here I am in my first command - a bit dazed but feeling very grand."
- Lord Mountbatten

"What do you do if you are asked to do a job, first by the Prime Minister, and then by the King? How can you refuse?"
- Lord Mountbatten

"I am much more intelligent than you think."
- Lord Mountbatten

"This is the war I fear."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I believe firmly that it was the Almighty's goodness, to check my consummate vanity."
- Lord Mountbatten

"The team should have implicit confidence in the captain's decisions."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I have been driven demented in my career."
- Lord Mountbatten

"The primary factor in a successful attack is speed."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I liked Truman very much. He was precise and businesslike. After a while, it was his turn."
- Lord Mountbatten

"Prince Charles is an absolute Mountbatten. The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I suppose you can say I became an odd-job man."
- Lord Mountbatten

"No one person invented Mulberry. The knowledge that we had to have this floating harbor slowly grew."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I was born with an ability to concentrate very hard on a job for a long time."
- Lord Mountbatten

"Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give, or that it exceeds your province."
- Lord Mountbatten

"I was so keen to get back to sea. I was rattled."
- Lord Mountbatten

"My trophy value exceeded my military usefulness."
- Lord Mountbatten

"In 1966 I became president of the British Computer Society."
- Lord Mountbatten

"My mother said, Don't worry abot what people think now. Think about whether your children and grandchildren will think you've done well."
Lord Mountbatten


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