Joseph Ridgway Bridson

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Admiral Joseph R. Bridson, probably as a Captain of Dominion, February, 1914.
Courtesy of Giles Camplin.

Admiral Joseph Ridgway Bridson, Royal Navy, Retired (13 August, 1861 – 3 September, 1933) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Bridson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1884.[1]

Bridson was loaned to command the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 58 on 7 July, 1887 for manoeuvres.[2]

Bridson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 22 June, 1897.[3]

Captain

Bridson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1904.[4]

In March 1905, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Hermione. In March of 1906, he became Captain of the second class protected cruiser Challenger.[5]

In November 1908, Bridson became captain of the battleship Victorious.[5]

In October 1910, he assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Argonaut.[5]

He was appointed to command the first class protected cruiser Terrible in February 1911.[5]

On 21 April, 1914, Bridson was appointed Captain-in-Charge and King's Harbour Master at Portland. From 13 August he was appointed Commodore, Second Class. He was relieved on 10 February, 1915,[5] it having been decided that, "Public interests wd be better served by the appt of another officer."[6]

Retirement

Bridson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 28 June, 1915, vice Tower.[7] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 9 March, 1914, he was placed on the Retired List on 29 June,[8] and was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 2 November, 1919.[9] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 August, 1924.[10] He died on 3 September, 1933, aged seventy-two, at White Readins, Petersfield,[11] from Valvular Disease of the Heart.[12]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral J. R. Bridson" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 4 September, 1933. Issue 46540, col D, p. 12.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 58
7 Jul, 1887[13]
Succeeded by
Harry Jones
Preceded by
Walter V. Anson
Captain of H.M.S. Ganges
11 Jan, 1901[14]
Succeeded by
William H. Nicholson
Preceded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
16 Mar, 1905[15] – 21 Mar, 1906[16]
Succeeded by
Cecil F. Dampier
Preceded by
Frederick C. T. Tudor
Captain of H.M.S. Challenger
22 Mar, 1906[17] – 7 Jun, 1908[18]
Succeeded by
Herbert C. C. Da Costa
Preceded by
John A. Tuke
Captain of H.M.S. Victorious
17 Nov, 1908[19] – 3 Oct, 1910[20]
Succeeded by
Ernest H. Grafton
Preceded by
Charles W. Winnington-Ingram
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
4 Oct, 1910[21] – 27 Feb, 1911[22]
Succeeded by
John Nicholas
Preceded by
Alan C. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Terrible
28 Feb, 1911[23][24] – 17 Mar, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Bentinck J. D. Yelverton
Preceded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Captain of H.M.S. Triumph
18 Mar, 1912[26] – 10 May, 1912[27]
Succeeded by
Eric J. A. Fullerton
Preceded by
Morgan Singer
Captain of H.M.S. Dominion
1 Jun, 1912[28] – 6 Feb, 1914[29]
Succeeded by
Henry L. Mawbey
Preceded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Commodore-in-Charge, Portland
21 Apr, 1914[30] – 10 Feb, 1915[31]
Succeeded by
Frank E. C. Ryan

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25429. p. 27. 2 January, 1885.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26865. p. 3443. 22 June, 1897.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  6. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 43.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 29210. p. 6269. 29 June, 1915.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 29214. p. 6438. 2 July, 1915.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 31632. p. 13545. 7 November, 1919.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 32963. p. 5954. 8 August, 1924.
  11. "Admiral J. R. Bridson" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 4 September, 1933. Issue 46540, col D, p. 12.
  12. ADM 196/20. f. 383.
  13. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 259.
  15. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  16. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  17. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  18. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  19. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  20. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  21. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  22. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  23. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 384.
  25. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  26. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  27. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  28. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  29. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  30. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 383.
  31. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.