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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Brind
BRIND, Adm Sir (Eric James) Patrick (1892-1963)
Created 1916-1958
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Brind, Sir, Eric James Patrick, 1892-1963, Knight, Admiral
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.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Content & structure

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.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: GBE, KCB

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • International conflicts
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Political doctrines
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Submarines
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Blagrove, Edith Gordon, 1895-1979, Superintendant, wife of Admiral Henry Evelyn Charles Blagrove, later wife of Admiral Sir Patrick Eric James Brind
  • Blagrove, Henry Evelyn Charles, d 1939, Rear Admiral
  • Brind, Sir, Eric James Patrick, 1892-1963, Knight, Admiral
  • Brind, Sir, Eric James Patrick, 1892-1963, Knight, Admiral
  • Drax, Sir, Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly, Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-, 1880-1967, Knight, Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Amethyst
  • HMS Birmingham
  • HMS Malaya
  • HMS Royal Oak
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Dardanelles, Turkey, Middle East
  • Hong Kong, East Asia
  • Jutland, Denmark, Northern Europe
  • London, England
  • Scapa Flow, Orkney, Scotland
  • Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China, East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Yangtze, river, China, East Asia

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