Statues and Monuments: Admiral Andrew Cunningham

Posted: April 18, 2016 in History, London, UK
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Andrew Cunningham was born near Dublin in 1883 and after schooling in Dublin and Edinburgh went to Dartmouth naval College. After graduation he was quickly promoted and by the outbreak of World War I was a destroyer commander. He served in the Dardanelles and Baltic and was awarded a Distinguished Service Order on 3 occasions for his part in military actions. between the world wars his rise through the ranks continued and by the outbreak of World War II he was commander of the Meditteranean fleet. he was the commander at the battle of Taranto in 1940 and Cape Matapan in 1941. In 1943 he was appointed First Sea Lord a position he held until 1946.

He was created a Baron in 1945 and a Viscount the following year. After his retirement from the Admiralty he served in a number of ceremonial roles including that of Lord High Steward at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. he died in 1963. This bust is in Trafalgar Square alongside other famous Admirals.

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