- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Commander
- H.M.S. Campbeltown (I42), Royal Navy
- Awarded on:
- June 22nd, 1945
- Awarded for:
- Operation Chariot
"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 loo 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."
Lieutenant-Commander Beattie’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London, England.