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Sir Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair (1865-1945), Admiral

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.