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Mountbatten’s family (The Battenbergs)
 in 1902 - Mountbatten is seated

on his mother’s knee

Mountbatten’s father had joined the British Royal Navy in 1868 following being made a naturalised British subject and rose through the ranks, being referred to by Admiral of the Fleet Sir John “Jackie” Fisher, GCB, OM, GCVO, 1st Lord Fisher (1841-1920) as - “the most capable administrator in the Admiralty’s list by a long way”.  At the time of his birth, Mountbatten’s father held the rank of Captain, was an Honorary Naval Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria and was Assistant Director of the Naval Intelligence Division.

Lockers Park Preparatory School, Hemel Hempstead

Like many children of his class, Mountbatten was educated at home (mostly by his well-educated mother) until the age of 10. Mountbatten said that his mother “taught me to enjoy working hard and to be thorough”. In May 1910, he was sent to boarding school at Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The school was an orthodox preparatory school where he earned several nicknames such as “Batter-pudding” and “L.F.B.” using a parody of his initials and the abbreviation for the London Fire Brigade.  At Lockers Park, Mountbatten won a reputation for excellence in the boxing ring, reaching the finals in the school’s tournament.  In February 1911 he was struck down by an inflammation of the lungs and was visited frequently by his mother - who brought him a model destroyer to cheer him up.  Even at this young age, Mountbatten was keen to follow his elder brother Prince George of Battenberg (who would later succeed their father as 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven) into the Royal Navy.  In 1911, Mountbatten’s father was appointed as Second Sea Lord and was responsible for pushing through many improvements in working conditions for enlisted men, but within a year in December 1912, Mountbatten’s father was appointed to the post of First Sea Lord - following the early retirement of Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, GCB, GCVO (1848-1929) due to ill health.  

Mountbatten (in a child’s Naval uniform)

Lord Louis Mountbatten

Childhood - 1912

1913 - 1916