Alfred Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield(1873-1967), Admiral of the Fleet
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Alfred Chatfield was a Royal Navy officer and held the position of First Sea Lord from 1933 to 1938. He subsequently served as Minister for Coordination of Defence between 1939 and 1940. Chatfield entered the Royal Navy in 1886. He saw active service in the First World War, after which he served as Third Sea Lord and controller of the Navy, commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Fleet and as First Sea Lord. It was largely due to his efforts that the Navy was rebuilt to its former strength during these years. Chatfield was promoted to admiral in 1930 and to Admiral of the Fleet in 1935. In 1939 he was appointed as Minister for Coordination of Defence in the government of Neville Chamberlain.