Charles William Bruton

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Rear-Admiral Charles William Bruton, C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (4 May, 1875 – 1 March, 1952) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Bruton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 22 June, 1897.[1]

On 19 November, 1902, he was appointed to Hogue for gunnery duties. In early 1904, he was transferred to Suffolk.[2]

Bruton was issued a hurt certificate on 30 May, 1906 after being injured on duty by a bag of coal which fell on his back.[3]

On 30 June, 1908, Bruton was promoted to the rank of Commander.[4] In August, he was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital to be treated for varicose veins.

He served in Dreadnought as a commander from 28 March, 1911 to 17 December, 1912, receiving favourable inspection reports and being commanded for her strong showing in 1912's Battle Practice.[5]

He was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Edgar on 4 February, 1913.[6]

Bruton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1915.[7]

On the night of 18-19 October 1917, Terror was torpedoed by German torpedo boats off Dunkirk. Bruton brought his ship into shallow water and beached her with a commendable promptness under the difficult circumstances. There were no casualties. The monitor took three months to repair back in Portsmouth.

On 15 December, 1919, Bruton succeeded Captain Stephen H. Radcliffe in command of H.M.S. Superb and Group IV of the Nore Reserve.[8]

Bruton was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 7 July, 1922 and was advanced to Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1926.[9]

Bruton died at his niece's home on 1 March, 1952 at Crossways, South Chard, Somerset[10] from heart failure on the right side and respiratory complications.[11]

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Octavius H. Daniel
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
4 Feb, 1913[12][13] – 23 Nov, 1914[14]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Thorp
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Ambrose
23 Nov, 1914[15][16] – 23 Mar, 1915[17]
Succeeded by
Vincent L. Bowring
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Orcoma
23 Mar, 1915[18] – 6 Jul, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Coppinger
Preceded by
Hugh J. Tweedie
Captain of H.M.S. Terror
6 Jul, 1916[20][21] – 31 Jan, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
Arthur D. Barrow
Preceded by
Francis G. G. Chilton
Captain of H.M.S. Superb
15 Dec, 1919[23] – 20 Apr, 1920[24]
Succeeded by
?
 

Footnotes

  1. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  2. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  3. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28151. p. 4644. 26 June, 1908.
  5. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p.307.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 29214. p. 6438. 2 July, 1915.
  8. "Naval Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 15 December, 1919. Issue 42283, col B, p. 21.
  9. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  10. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Monday, 3 March, 1952. Issue 52250, col A, p. 1.
  11. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  12. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p.307.
  13. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  14. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  15. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401c.
  16. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  17. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  18. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  19. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  20. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 916.
  21. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  22. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  23. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.
  24. Bruton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 116.