Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was born on 25th June 1900,
a German prince and a great-grandson of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), who became
an officer in the British Royal Navy. An uncle to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
(b.1921) - the husband of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ), he was dynastically
related to many of the Royal Families of Europe. During World War II, he was Supreme
Allied Commander South East Asia Command, he oversaw the final years of the British
Raj as the last Viceroy of India, and was appointed as India’s first Governor-General.
He was subsequently First Sea Lord - a position held by his father some 40 years
earlier and served as Chief of the Defence Staff from 1959-1965 (having been appointed
an Admiral of the Fleet in 1956).
On 27th August 1979, a few months after his 79th birthday - Mountbatten was pointlessly
and callously murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) off the coast
of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, Ireland - whilst fishing with members of his family on
his annual holiday. He received the honour of a Royal ceremonial funeral at Westminster
Abbey, London and was buried privately at Romsey Abbey, close to his beloved Hampshire
family home - Broadlands.
This website is my personal tribute to Mountbatten and I thank you for visiting my
website - and my only aim is to keep his memory alive. He was an extra-ordinary
man, controversial to some, but to me - a HERO in every sense of the word.