Henry John Studholme Brownrigg

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Admiral SIR Henry John Studholme Brownrigg, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., R.N. (3 September, 1882 – 24 January, 1943) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Brownrigg passed out of Britannia in December, 1897 ranked twenty-fourth of the sixty-four cadets who passed out, with 1589 marks.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 3 March, 1902.[2]

Great War

Brownrigg served in King George V as a Commander (G) until October, 1915 when he was made Executive Officer of Barham.

He was the creator of the Brownrigg Keyboard used through much of the First World War to mark the range plots of Dreyer tables.

On 15 September, 1916, he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) for his services at Jutland.[3]

In August, 1917 Brownrigg became Gunnery Commander on the staff of the First Cruiser Squadron in Courageous.

Brownrigg was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918, and ceased duty in Courageous on 26 January, 1919. He was appointed Assistant Director of Naval Artillery and Torpedoes on the same day. In April, 1920, he became Deputy Director of the Gunnery Division.[4]

Superseded at the Admiralty on 10 January, 1921, he was appointed to Victory for the Senior Officers' Technical Course, which he completed on 4 March. On 3 May he was in command of Revenge as Flag Captain and Chief Staff Officer to Sir Rudolf W. Bentinck, Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron. Relieved in command of Revenge on 3 May, 1922, on 1 July he followed Bentinck to the Africa Station, serving in Lowestoft as Flag Captain and Chief of Staff, and in Birmingham from November, 1923. He was relieved in command of Birmingham in January, 1925. On 7 May he was appointed to President for service at the Admiralty before being again appointed Deputy Director of Gunnery Division on 15 May. On 1 March, 1926, he became Director of the division.[5]

On 22 April, 1927, he again served under Bentinck, now appointed Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, and acted as his Chief of Staff until superseded on 15 April, 1929. From May 1929 until 9 May, 1930, he commanded Courageous, now converted to an aircraft carrier.[6]

Flag Rank

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 15 May, 1930.[7]

He was to lose his life in a merchant ship that lost its rudder in an Atlantic storm.

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Sir Studholme Brownrigg" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 8 September, 1943. Issue 49645, col D, pg. 7.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Deputy Director of the Gunnery Division
Apr, 1920[8] – 10 Jan, 1921[9]
Succeeded by
Henry J. S. Brownrigg
Preceded by
George T. C. P. Swabey
Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
3 May, 1921[10]
Succeeded by
Sidney J. Meyrick
Preceded by
Henry E. F. Aylmer
Captain of H.M.S. Lowestoft
1 Jul, 1922[11] – Nov, 1923[12]
Succeeded by
George H. Knowles
Preceded by
George H. Knowles
Captain of H.M.S. Birmingham
Nov, 1923[13] – Jan, 1925[14]
Succeeded by
Richard H. L. Bevan
Preceded by
Henry J. S. Brownrigg
Deputy Director of the Gunnery Division
15 May, 1925[15] – 1 Mar, 1926[16]
Succeeded by
Cyril G. Sedgwick
Preceded by
Humphrey T. Walwyn
Director of the Gunnery Division
1 Mar, 1926[17] – 2 Apr, 1927[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Aubrey Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Courageous
May, 1929[19] – 9 May, 1930[20]
Succeeded by
Alfred H. Norman
Preceded by
Francis W. L. Tottenham
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Third Cruiser Squadron
23 Mar, 1933[21] – 15 Mar, 1935[22]
Succeeded by
George H. D'O. Lyon
Preceded by
George K. Chetwode
Admiral Commanding Reserves
15 Oct, 1935[23] – 21 Nov, 1938[24]
Succeeded by
Noel F. Laurence
Preceded by
Edward R. G. R. Evans
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
9 Jan, 1939[25] – 1 Dec, 1939[26]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Reginald A. R. Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax
 

Footnotes

  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 16, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35388.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 11.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9071. 15 September, 1916.
  4. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  5. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  6. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 33606. p. 3069. 16 May, 1930.
  8. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  9. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  10. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  11. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  12. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  13. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  14. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  15. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  16. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  17. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  18. Date of his next appointment. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  19. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  20. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  21. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  22. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  23. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  24. Laurence Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/175. f. 579.
  25. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. p. 231.
  26. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. p. 231.