|Stephen Halden Beattie|
|Born||29 March 1908
|Died||20 April 1975 (aged 67)
|Buried at||Ruan Minor Churchyard|
|Years of service||1927-1960|
|Commands held||HMS Campbeltown|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Other work||Naval Adviser to the Ethiopian Government (1965)|
Captain Stephen Halden Beattie VC (29 March 1908 – 20 April 1975) ‘Sam’ Beattie was born at Leighton, Montgomery and educated at Rugby. He joined the Royal Navy in 1925. Beattie was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Beattie was 33 years old, and a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed at the St. Nazaire Raid took place whilst in command of HMS Campbeltown for which he was awarded the VC:
For great gallantry and determination in the attack on St. Nazaire in command of H.M.S. Campbeltown. Under intense fire directed at the bridge from point blank range of about 100 yards, and in the face of the blinding glare of many searchlights, he steamed her into the lock-gates and beached and scuttled her in the correct position.
This Victoria Cross is awarded to Lieutenant-Commander Beattie in recognition not only of his own valour but also of that of the unnamed officers and men of a very gallant ship's company, many of whom have not returned.
After grounding the ship, Beattie was taken prisoner of war by the Germans. In 1947 Beattie received the French Légion d'honneur. He later achieved the rank of captain. He was born in Montgomeryshire and died at Mullion, Cornwall.
- British VCs of World War 2 (John Laffin, 1997)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Cornwall)
- HMS Campbeltown and the Raid on St. Nazaire (detailed description of the action)
- Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945
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