Royal Oak estate - naval connections

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ROYAL Oak estate - the names on this estate have strong connections with the Senior Service

Beatty Road: Named after Admiral David Beatty, later 1st Earl Beatty. Was born in 1871 and died in 1936. He was a senior Admiral in WWI winning fame as the Commander of a battle cruiser at the Battle of Jutland.

Howe Circle: Named after Lord Richard Howe, later Earl Howe KG, born 1726 and died 1799. Notable for his service during the American War of Independence.

Hood Road: Named after Admiral Arthur Ackland Hood and also the name of HMS Hood, a Royal Navy battle cruiser considered the pride of the fleet in the inter-war period. HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in 1941, with only four survivors out of a crew of 1800.

Anson Green: Named after Admiral Lord George Anson, born 1697, died 1762. He commanded the British fleet, which defeated the French at the Battle of Cape Finisterre.

Fisher Close: Named after Admiral of the Fleet, Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher born 1841, died in 1920. It is said that he was considered the second most important figure in naval history after Lord Nelson.

Mountbatten Close: Named after Lord Louis Mountbatten (formerly Battenburg), later 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and last Viceroy of India. Born 1900 and died in 1979 at the hands of the IRA. Uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and a great grandson of Queen Victoria.

Hawke Close: Named after Admiral Edward Hawke, later Baron Hawke, born 1706 and died in 1779. Beat the French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay.

Cunningham Road: Named after Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Andrew Cunningham. Later 1st Viscount Cunningham. Born 1883 and died in 1963. Was Commander-in-Chief of the Mediteranean Fleet 1940. Later became First Sea Lord.

Jellicoe Close: Named after Admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe, later 1st Earl Jellicoe. Found fame during WWI at the Battle of Jutland.

Hawkins Drive: Named after Master Jim Hawkins in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, Treasure Island. He lived at the Admiral Benbow Inn with his mother. He sailed aboard the Hispaniola in search of treasure with Long John Silver, Squire Trelawney and Captain Smollett.

Benbow Road: Named after the Admiral Benbow Inn in R L Stevenson's Treasure Island, which was written in 1883. The inn was located in the dockside area of Bristol, which in those days was a hive of activity.

Nelson Drive: Named after England's greatest seafaring hero. Admiral Lord Nelson, later Viscount Nelson, was born in Norfolk in 1755 and died of wounds at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Famous for his victories over the French at the battles of The Nile, Cape St Vincent and more, had connections with the county town of Monmouth. It is rumoured that he and Lady Emma Hamilton carried on their affair in the town.

Drake Close: Named after Sir Francis Drake, born 1540 and died of dysentry in 1595. He was a navigator of exceptional skill, a privateer and a slaver and was a close confidant of Queen Elizabeth I.

Jervis Walk: Named after HMS Jervis Bay. She fought gallantly against the German pocket battleship, Admiral Scheer, until sunk on November 5, 1940.

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