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Sir Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair

(1865-1945), Admiral

20th Century Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 3 portraits
Naval Officer; born in Malta and entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1879; rose through the ranks, becoming lieutenant in 1890, commander in 1901 and captain in 1905; in May 1916, after sighting two enemy destroyers approaching his ship, his notifying signal brought the Battle-Cruiser Fleet, and subsequently the whole Grand Fleet, into the battle of Jutland; played a prominent role in the action with a German second scouting group in 1917 and was praised for his efforts; appointed admiral superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard in 1920 and rose to the full rank of admiral in 1927; he resigned in 1930, becoming principal aide-de-camp to George V; he died in Caithness in 1945.

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Group photograph taken during a state visit to England

by Vandyk
glass negative, 27 June 1930
NPG x44633

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