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Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, 4th Bt (1864-1916), Rear-Admiral

Arbuthnot entered the navy as cadet on the training ship Britannia in 1877 and rose to the rank of commander by 1897; he served in the naval intelligence department and was promoted to captain in 1902; he held the position of commodore of the third destroyer flotilla from 1910 to 1912 and was aide-de-camp to the king between 1911 and 1912; during the war Arbuthnot was involved in the battle of Jutland, which ended tragically when he and his squadron came into close contact with German battle cruisers and dreadnoughts; the resulting fire blew up and sank Arbuthnot’s cruiser with all hands, with another sinking later on as a result of the damage; he died with his ship in May 1916.