Patrick Brind

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Sir Patrick Brind
Rear Admiral Brind WWII IWM A 21591.jpg
Rear Admiral Brind at his desk at the Admiralty during World War II
Nickname(s) "Daddy"
Born 12 May 1892
Paignton, Devon
Died 4 October 1963
Lye Green, near Crowborough, Sussex
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Orion
HMS Birmingham
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Eric James Patrick Brind GBE KCB (1892–1963) was the first Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe.

Naval career[edit]

Brind served in World War I on the Gunboat HMS Excellent followed by HMS Malaya and finally on the monitor HMS Sir John Moore.[1]

After the War he was Captain of HMS Orion and then of HMS Birmingham.[1]

He also served in World War II as Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet from 1940 to 1942 when he became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff.[1] He was made Commander of cruisers in the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.[1]

He became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, in 1946 and then Commander-in-Chief for the Far East Fleet in 1949.[1] It was under Brind's command that HMS Amethyst sailed up the Yangtze River and was stranded there for six weeks.[2]

He was made Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1951; he retired in 1953.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 11 June 1946 - Vice Admiral Eric James Patrick Brind CB CBE is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) for distinguished services during the war in the Far East.[3]
  • 3 December 1946 - Vice Admiral Sir Eric James Patrick Brind KCB CBE is awarded Legion of Merit, officer degree for services whilst in command of units of the British Pacific Fleet attached to the United States Pacific Fleet during operations against the enemy from 15 March to 14 March 1945.[4]
  • 1 January 1951 - Admiral Sir Eric James Patrick Brind KCB CBE is promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ National Embarrassment
  3. ^ "No. 37603". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1946. p. 2881. 
  4. ^ "No. 37805". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 December 1946. p. 5911. 
  5. ^ "No. 39104". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1951. p. 6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Augustus Agar
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Oliver
Preceded by
Sir Denis Boyd
Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Guy Russell
Preceded by
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Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Mansergh