Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot


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Rear–Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, Fourth Baronet, K.C.B., M.V.O. lost his life aged 52 on board the battle cruiser HMS Defence


Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot

Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot

Robert Arbuthnot was born in March 1864 in Alderminster, Warwickshire. He entered the navy as a cadet in 1877; he was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1912 and in 1915 was appointed Commander of the 1st Cruiser Squadron. Arbuthnot appears to have been an unusual combination of competence, impetuosity and rigidity. These characteristics are said to have contributed to the bold but ill-judged attack on the German battle fleet which ultimately resulted in the loss of HMS Defence, HMS Warrior and HMS Black Prince. Sir Robert was married with one daughter.