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Sir Rudolph Bentinck
Born (1869-03-20)March 20, 1869
Died March 31, 1947(1947-03-31) (aged 78)
Place of birth Littlegreenhouse, Sussex
Place of death Basingstoke, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Years of service 1882 - 1929
Rank Admiral
Commands held Africa Station
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars Mahdist War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Admiral Sir Rudolph Walter Bentinck KCB KCMG (20 March 1869 – 31 March 1947) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

Naval career

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Bentinck joined the Royal Navy in 1882.[1] He took part in the Mahdist War in 1891 and was appointed Commander of the Royal Naval College, Osborne in 1913.[1]

He served in World War I taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916, as Chief of Staff to Admiral Sir David Beatty,[2] and being mentioned in despatches.[1] After the War he became Naval Secretary.[1] He became Commander of the 1st Battle Squadron in the Atlantic Fleet in 1921 and went on to be Commander-in-Chief of the Africa Station in 1922.[1] In that capacity he was briefly Acting Governor-General of South Africa from December 1923 to January 1924.[3]

He became Admiral Commanding the Reserve Fleet in March 1926 and then Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth later that year: he retired in 1929.[4]


In 1898 he married Mabel Fetherstonhaugh;[5] they had one son and one daughter.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Allan Everett
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Hugh Watson
Preceded by
Sir William Goodenough
Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station
Succeeded by
Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice
Preceded by
Sir Victor Stanley
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
March 1926–October 1926
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Watson
Preceded by
Sir Richard Phillimore
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Hubert Brand

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