David Mountbatten

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David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven
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David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, OBE, DSC (12 May 1919 – 14 April 1970), styled Viscount Alderney before 1921 and Earl of Medina between 1921 and 1938, was the son of the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven and Countess Nadejda de Torby.


Early years and education

Mountbatten was born in 1919. He was only son of George Mountbatten and Russian Countess Nadejda (Nada) Torby who wed in 1916. His paternal grandparents were Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Therefore, he was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. His maternal grandparents were Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich Romanov and Sophie of Merenberg. He is also a descendant of the Russian writer Aleksandr Pushkin as well as Peter the Great's African protégé, General Abram Petrovich Gannibal.

He grew up at the family home in Holyport, Berkshire and enjoyed a close friendship with his first cousin Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later the Duke of Edinburgh. They both attended Dartmouth Naval College. He served as best man to the prince at Prince Philip's marriage in November 1947 to the Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.

Navy and postwar social life

During the Second World War Milford Haven served in the Royal Navy. In 1942 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for taking the destroyer Kandahar through a minefield in an attempt to rescue the cruiser Neptune. In 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his work on Malta convoy operations. He retired from the Navy in 1948. He subsequently joined The Castaways' Club, which enabled him to keep in close contact with many of his naval contemporaries.

He then played a prominent part in the London demi-monde of the 1950s, which brought together a colourful mix of aristocrats and shadowy social climbers like osteopath Stephen Ward. This hard-partying set formed the nucleus for the Profumo Affair.[3]


Lord Milford Haven married:

  • 1) Romaine Dahlgren Pierce (17 July 1923 – 15 February 1975), daughter of Vinton Ulric Dahlgren Pierce of the United States and his wife Margaret Knickerbocker Clark, on 4 February 1950 in Washington, D.C., formerly married on 23 May 1946 to William Simpson, son of a millionaire Chicago department store owner (by whom she had a daughter). They were divorced in 1954 in Mexico and she married a third time to James B. Orthwein. Romaine's great-grandfather was Admiral John A. Dahlgren. They had no issue.


  • 2) Janet Mercedes Bryce (born Bermuda, 29 September 1937), daughter of Major Francis (Frank) Bryce of Hamilton, Bermuda (Bystock Terrace, St Thomas, Exeter, co. Devon, January/March 1876 - Bermuda, 2 February 1951; maternal nephew of Don Manuel González de Candamo y Iriarte, 59th President of Peru) and wife Gladys Jean Mosley (whose aunt Mary Mercedes Bryce married Joseph Harold John Phillips, the grandparents of Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn and Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster), on 17 November 1960 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Frognal, London. They had two children:
  1. George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven (born 6 June 1961)
  2. Lord Ivar Mountbatten (born 9 March 1963)


David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven died, aged 50, on 14 April 1970 in London. His ashes were buried in the Battenberg Chapel at St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight (photo).

Titles and styles

  • 12 May 1919 - 11 September 1921: Viscount Alderney
  • 11 September 1921 – 8 April 1938: Earl of Medina
  • 8 April 1938 – 14 April 1970: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Milford Haven

Source: wikipedia.org

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1George MountbattenGeorge MountbattenFather06.12.189208.04.1938
        2Nadejda MountbattenNadejda MountbattenMother28.03.189622.01.1963
        Tatiana Elizabeth MountbattenSister16.12.191715.05.1988
        4Ростислав АлександровичРостислав АлександровичUncle24.11.190231.07.1978
        5Князь Никита АлександровичКнязь Никита АлександровичUncle16.01.190012.09.1974
        6Georg von MerenbergGeorg von MerenbergUncle16.10.189711.01.1965
        7Prince Vasili AlexandrovichPrince Vasili AlexandrovichUncle07.07.190724.06.1989
        8Князь Дмитрий АлександровичКнязь Дмитрий АлександровичUncle15.08.190107.07.1980
        9Князь Андрей АлександровичКнязь Андрей АлександровичUncle24.01.189708.05.1981
        10Princess Xenia  Georgievna of RussiaPrincess Xenia Georgievna of RussiaAunt22.08.190317.09.1965
        11Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaAunt20.06.190127.02.1974
        12Anastasia de TorbyAnastasia de TorbyAunt09.09.189207.12.1977
        13Cecilie  Mecklenburg Schwerin, DuchessCecilie Mecklenburg Schwerin, DuchessAunt20.09.188606.05.1954
        14Alexandrine  of Mecklenburg-SchwerinAlexandrine of Mecklenburg-SchwerinAunt24.12.187912.12.1952
        15Irina Alexandrovna of RussiaIrina Alexandrovna of RussiaAunt03.07.189526.02.1970
        16Михаил Михайлович, Великий князьМихаил Михайлович, Великий князьGrandfather16.10.186126.04.1929
        17Sophie of MerenbergSophie of MerenbergGrandmother01.06.186814.09.1927
        18Михаил НиколаевичМихаил НиколаевичGreat grandfather25.10.183218.12.1909
        19Prince Nikolaus  Wilhelm of NassauPrince Nikolaus Wilhelm of NassauGreat grandfather20.09.183217.09.1905
        20Olga  FeodorovnaOlga FeodorovnaGreat grandmother20.09.183912.04.1891
        21Natalia  PouchkinaNatalia PouchkinaGreat grandmother23.05.183614.05.1913
        22Irina YusupovaIrina YusupovaCousin21.03.191530.08.1983
        23Frederick IX of DenmarkFrederick IX of DenmarkCousin11.03.189914.01.1972
        24Prince Alexander  RomanovPrince Alexander RomanovCousin04.11.192921.09.2002
        Georgina KennardCousin17.10.191928.04.2011
        26Prince Michael  Andreevich RomanoffPrince Michael Andreevich RomanoffCousin15.07.192022.09.2008
        27Prince Nikita  Nikitich RomanovPrince Nikita Nikitich RomanovCousin13.05.192303.05.2007
        28Княгиня Ксения  РомановаКнягиня Ксения РомановаCousin10.03.191922.10.2000
        29Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkindistant relative06.06.179910.02.1837
        30Abram GannibalAbram Gannibaldistant relative00.00.169625.05.1781
        31John  ProfumoJohn ProfumoFamiliar, Idea mate30.01.191509.03.2006
        32Mariella NovotnyMariella NovotnyFamiliar09.05.194101.02.1983
        33Anthony AsquithAnthony AsquithFamiliar, Idea mate09.11.190220.02.1968
        34William AstorWilliam AstorIdea mate13.08.190707.03.1966
        Michael ParkerIdea mate23.06.192029.12.2001
        36Douglas Fairbanks Jr.Douglas Fairbanks Jr.Idea mate09.12.190907.05.2000
        37Johnny EdgecombeJohnny EdgecombeIdea mate22.10.193226.09.2010
        38John HareJohn HareIdea mate22.01.191107.03.1982
        39Peter RachmanPeter RachmanIdea mate00.00.191929.11.1962
        40Tam GalbraithTam GalbraithIdea mate10.03.191702.01.1982
        41Ayub KhanAyub KhanIdea mate14.05.190719.04.1974

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