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Louis Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (Prince Louis of Battenburg) (1854-1921), Admiral of the Fleet and German prince

Born in Austria but settled in England from a young age; he entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1868 and was promoted to lieutenant by 1876, after accompanying the prince of Wales to India; he became a commander in 1885; Prince Louis took up various positions in the Admiralty from 1892, as joint secretary of the naval and military committee on defence, then assistant director of naval intelligence, before being made director in 1902; after three years in this post he returned to sea as rear-admiral of the second cruiser squadron and eventually as second in command of the fleet in the Mediterranean; in 1908, Prince Louis moved to the Atlantic fleet as commander-in-chief and was made first sea lord by 1912; he resigned from this position in 1914 upon finding it increasingly untenable and as a result of British losses at sea; in 1921 he was made an admiral of the fleet and placed on the retired list; he died of heart failure in London in 1921.