Ernest Edward Alexander Betts

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Captain (retired) Ernest Edward Alexander Betts, C.B.E. (12 August, 1877 – 16 February, 1951) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Betts was born in Bristol, the son of Reverend E. W. P. Betts.

Betts was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1898. He served as gunnery officer in Rainbow for the Annual Manoeuvres of 1901, and as first and gunnery officer in Magdala in the Eastern Mediterranean from July 1902 to February 1903. Later appointments had him in Europa, Bedford and Resolution until late in 1905.

After three years service providing gunnery support at the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham ended in January 1908, he served as gunnery officer in Russell for five months and then in Mars for almost one year.

Betts spent much of 1911 and 1912 as gunnery officer in Terrible and Royal Arthur and attending ships in the Fourth Division of Home Fleet and of Third Fleet when was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1912.[1]

Immediately before the war, Betts served as executive officer in the pre-dreadnought Duncan, but he was sent to Venus as executive officer until being sent to command Proserpine for six months and then, Espiegle from March to December, 1916.

Betts finished the war in command of the Naval Depot at Port Said. He was then Senior Naval Officer, Brightling Sea, though the dates are not certain.

Betts was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 1 April, 1923.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy A. Robarts
Captain of H.M.S. Eclipse
7 Dec, 1912 – 9 Jan, 1913
Succeeded by
Henry Luxmoore
Preceded by
George C. Hardy
Captain of H.M.S. Proserpine
30 Aug, 1915[2] – 24 Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Wilfrid Nunn
Preceded by
Wilfrid Nunn
Captain of H.M.S. Espiegle
24 Mar, 1916 – 7 Dec, 1916
Succeeded by
Raymond Fitzmaurice
Preceded by
Resident Naval Officer and in Command Naval Depot, Port Said
7 Dec, 1916 – Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Rowland K. C. Pope


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397e. 25th given here, corrected in Service Record.