Sir Patrick Brind
CBE, CB, KCB, GBE, LM.
Admiral Sir Patrick Brind in 1953 as
Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe.
|Birth name||Eric James Patrick Brind|
|Born||12 May 1892|
Paignton, Devon, England.
|Died||4 October 1963 (aged 71)|
Lye Green, near Crowborough, Sussex, England.
|Service Branch||Royal Navy|
|Years Active||1905-1953 (48 yrs)|
|Commands held||H.M.S. Orion|
Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, the Nore
Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Home)
4th Cruiser Squadron
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Far East Station
Allied Forces Northern Europe
|Battles/wars||Battle of Jutland (1916), Operation Rheinubung (1941),|
Admiral Sir Eric James Patrick Brind, CBE, CB, KCB, GBE, LM. (12 May 1892 – 4 October 1963) was a senior flag officer in the Royal Navy who went on to serve as President of Royal Naval College, Greenwich from 3 October, 1946 to September, 1948, then Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station from 22 June, 1949 to February 1951, and finally Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe from 1951 to 1953.
Brind joined the Royal Navy as a cadet on 15 January, 1905 age 13 and was educted at Royal Naval College, Osborne & Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Promoted to Midshipman on 15 September, 1909. This was followed by promotions to acting Sub-Lieutenant on 15 September, 1912 the Sub-Lieutenant on 30 December, 1912. He served in the First World War on the gunboat HMS Excellent from 1914 to 1915 (whilst in this role he advanced to the rnak of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1914. He next assigned to the Queen Elizabeth Class battleship H.M.S. Malaya in early 1916 and took part in the Battle of Jutland (1916) on 30 May, that year.
On 8 October, 1918 he was reassigned to the Monitor H.M.S. Sir John Moore where he served as it's gunnery officer until January, 1919. On 15 December, 1921 he was next appointed as gunnery officer of the C.Class Cruiser H.M.S. Cardiff and as Squadron Gunnery Officer, 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron then assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet until 10 August, 1924 (whilst in that role he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 30 September, 1922. Following this role he next assigned to the battleship H.M.S. Royal Sovereign with the Atlantic Fleet, serving as its gunnery officer until May, 1925.
Following a period of 10 years in seagoing roles he was next assigned to a shore command the Royal Naval Gunnery School, Portsmouth (H.M.S. Excellent) on 12 July, 1926 and remained there until July, 1927. (whilst in that role he was advanced to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1927). On 5 February, 1929 he was reassigned to the county class heavy cruiser H.M.S. London on the Mediterranean Station until October, 1930. On 30 January, 1931 he attended the military staff course at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich until January, 1932. On 27 July, 1932 he was appointed Commander, Royal Naval Gunnery School, Portsmouth (H.M.S. Excellent) as its executive officer until January, 1934 (whilst in this post he was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1933).
On 16 May, 1934 he was reassigned to the Tactical Division of the Admiralty Naval Staff (H.M.S. President) in London until February, 1936. On 25 March, 1936 he was appointed Flag Captain of the Leander Class light cruiser H.M.S. Orion with the Home Fleet until February, 1937. On 1 June, 1937 he was next appointed as Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, the Nore and additionally as Maintenance Captain, H.M. Naval Base, Chatham (H.M.S. Pembroke) until July, 1937. On 3 January, 1938 he was appointed commanding officer of the Town Class Light Cruiser H.M.S. Birmingham with the China Squadron on the China Station until 4 March, 1940.
- Flag Rank Appointments
During World War Two Brind was promoted to Commodore 1st Class on 2 December, 1940 and appointed as Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet onboard the battleship H.M.S. Nelson before transferring in this role to the battleship H.M.S. King George V on 1 April, 1941. In October, 1941 he was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) for his role in the sinking of the Kreigsmarine ship Bismarck. He remained in that role until 7 April, 1942 (whilst in this post was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 6 February, 1942). On 28 May, 1942 he went ashore appointed as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Home) as part of the British naval staff at the Admiralty in London until August, 1944, whilst there was awarded the Companion Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 25 July, 1944.
In October, 1944 he was reassigned to Hong Kong and appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding, 4th Cruiser Squadron of the British Pacific Fleet but did not assume command until the official formation of the fleet on 22 November 1944 and remained in that role until January, 1946. In April, 1946 he returned for duties inside the Admiralty, London. On 3 October, 1946 he was appointed President of Royal Naval College, Greenwich until September, 1948 (whilst in this position he was made a Knight Commander Order of the Bath (KCB) on 30 June, 1946. On 11, January, 1949 he was reassigned to Singapore (H.M.S. Terror) and appointed Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station until 1951 (while in this role he was promoted to the rank of Admiral).
His final appointment saw him recalled to Europe to Kolsas, Norway to take up the position as the first Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe, (N.A.T.O.) on 1 January, 1951, in this role he was elevated to a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (G.B.E.). In 1953 he retired from active service after 48 years with the navy. Admiral Brind died on 4 October 1963.
- Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "World War II unit histories & R.N. officers: B." www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 4 April 2021.