BRIND, Adm Sir (Eric James) Patrick (1892-1963)

Scope and Content

Copies of papers, 1916-1958, including account of the Battle of Jutland, witnessed by Brind from HMS MALAYA, 5 Battle Sqn, 1916; text of lecture 1919, relating to anti-submarine warfare, 1914-1918, and possible future development; notes, dated 1931, on the conduct of the Dardenelles campaign; report on night fighting by single ships, 1924; night order book, HMS BIRMINGHAM, South East Asia, 1929-1940; report written in 1946 on the sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK, Scapa Flow 1939, by German submarine U47, quoting from U-boat's log; texts of speeches, 1947-1958; letter of condolence from Adm Hon Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax to Edith Blagrove, widow of R Adm Henry Evelyn Charles Blagrove, killed in the sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK 1939, with details of the circumstances of his death; letters home from the Far East, 1949; official report on the blockade of Shanghai and British inability to defend Hong Kong from possible future attack by Chinese Communist forces, 1949; newspaper cuttings relating to the HMS AMETHYST Incident, Yangtze-Kiang river, China, 1949, and Brind's order, as Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet, for the successful breakout 1949; notes and lecture texts relating to the role of NATO, 1953-1955; typescript notes on the post war role of the Royal Navy, 1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1892; educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne and Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; served in World War One, 1914-1918 in HMS EXCELLENT, 1914-1915, HMS MALAYA, 1916-1918, HMS SIR JOHN MOORE, 1918 and HMS FORGE, near Crowborough, Sussex; Lt Cdr, 1922; served as Gunnery Officer on HMS CARDIFF, 1921-1924; Cdr, 1927; HMS EXCELLENT, Gunnery School, Portsmouth, 1932-1933; Capt, 1933; Tactical Division, Admiralty, 1934-1936; Capt of HMS BIRMINGHAM, 5 Cruiser Sqn, China, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet, 1940-1942; awarded CBE, 1941; R Adm, 1942; Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, 1942-1944; awarded CB, 1944; V Adm, 1945; commanded cruisers in Pacific Fleet, 1945; created KCB, 1946; President of Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1946-1948; Adm, 1949; Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station, HMS TERROR, 1949-1951; appointed GBE, 1951; Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe, 1951-1953; retired list, 1953; died 1963.


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Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

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