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Lord Louis Mountbatten

1921 - Death of Mountbatten’s Father (Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven)

On return to the UK in 1921, he was soon able to return to active service and assigned to command HMS Repulse during the State of Emergency caused by the miner’s strike.  He was joined by his father for an impromptu “cruise” from Sheerness up to Invergordon and clearly loved every minute on-board. Mountbatten’s illustrious father - the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (who had last set foot on a Dreadnought ten years before the trip to Invergordon - and who had been raised to the rank of an Admiral of the Fleet in August 1921) subsequently caught a chill, but despite showing signs of recovery Mountbatten’s father took to his bed with lumbago at the Naval & Military Club, 42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London and died alone after a heart attack on 11th September 1921.   

The Naval & Military Club, Piccadilly, London

(informally called “The In and Out Club”)

Mountbatten received news of his father’s death by telegram and was deeply affected by his father’s death and immediately burst into tears. He said - “I loved him deeply, and it was the most terrible shock.”  Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales - subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later the Duke of Windsor) said to him at the time - “how lucky you are to have had such a marvellous father! If I heard my father had died I wouldn’t be able to conceal my delight.”  

After a funeral service at Westminster Abbey, Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven was buried at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight - the church frequented by Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) whilst in residence at Osborne House and which also houses the Battenberg/Mountbatten chapel, the resting place of many of the Battenberg/Mountbatten family.  

St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham,

Isle of Wight c.1900

Mountbatten’s father -

Louis, 1st Marquess

of Milford Haven

The Marchioness of Milford Haven (Princess Victoria) - Mountbatten’s mother wrote to Queen Mary (1867-1953), Queen Consort of King George V (1865(1910-1936) - ”it has all been so sudden that I can hardly quite realise it yet, but I am very very grateful that my dear Louis’s life - a happy one as men’s go, ended so quickly and quietly, without time for worry, anxiety or sorrow. He felt a very real affection for you and your children and quite especially George, whom he had known so well in the old days in the Navy, and was always in the full sense of the words ‘at all your service’.”

Meeting Miss Edwina Ashley

The grave of Mountbatten’s parents at St Mildred’s Church,

Whippingham, Isle of Wight