Hubert Brand

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Sir Hubert Brand
Captain Hon. Hubert Brand Cvo Art.IWMART1720.jpg
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born 20 May 1870
Died 14 December 1955
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1883–1932
Rank Admiral
Commands held Atlantic Fleet
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir Hubert George Brand GCB, KCMG, KCVO (20 May 1870 – 14 December 1955) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Background[edit]

Brand was the second son of Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden, Governor of New South Wales, and the grandson of Henry Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden, Speaker of the House of Commons. His mother was Susan Henrietta, daughter of Lord George Cavendish. His three surviving brothers also gained distinction: Thomas Brand, 3rd Viscount Hampden, and the Honourable Roger Brand were both Brigadier-Generals in the Army while the Honourable Robert Brand was a businessman and civil servant who was raised to the peerage as Baron Brand in 1946.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Brand joined the Royal Navy in 1883.[2] He was appointed Naval Attaché in Tokyo in 1912.[2] He served in World War I as Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and then as Chief of Staff to Admiral commanding the Battlecruiser Squadron from 1916.[2] After the war he became commander of the King's Yachts from 1919 and then commanded the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron from 1922 before becoming Naval Secretary in 1925.[2] He went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel later that year.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet in 1927 and Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1929.[2] He was also appointed First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King in 1931; He retired in 1932.[2]

Family[edit]

Brand married Norah, daughter of Sir Conyngham Greene, British Ambassador to Japan, in 1914. They had two daughters, of whom only the eldest reached adulthood. Norah died in March 1924. Brand remained a widower until his death in December 1955, aged 85.[1]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Hodges
Naval Secretary
April 1925–April 1925
Succeeded by
Frank Larken
Preceded by
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bt
Second Sea Lord
1925–1927
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Hodges
Preceded by
Sir Henry Oliver
Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
1927–1929
Succeeded by
Sir Ernle Chatfield
Preceded by
Sir Rudolph Bentinck
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
1929–1932
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Fullerton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Walter Cowan
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
1931–1932
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Montague Browning
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
1939–1945
Succeeded by
Sir Percy Noble