The Last Naval Hero: The extraordinary story of David, 1st Earl Beatty by Roy Smart
13 Nov

Blessed with the Nelson touch, an matinee-idol image, and a ruthless and charismatic personality, Beatty rose with meteoric speed from Cadet to First Sea Lord and to Statesman. This talk discusses his rapidly increasing fame and fortune, his marriage to an opulent, hedonistic American socialite, Ethel, and his role as a national hero. It examines his central and controversial part in the greatest naval battle (Jutland) and, later, the greatest naval surrender (Der Tag) as well as his "Downton Abbey" life-style of marital strife and scandal. Roy Smart was a Naval Officer, Fleet Air Arm pilot, and, air director of many great national memorial events including the televised D-Day, VE and VJ Day commemorations and recently contributed to the BBC Radio centenary commemorations of the Battle of Jutland.

Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AT
13 Nov 2019 19:45