Kenneth Mervyn Bruce

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Captain (retired) Kenneth Mervyn Bruce, D.S.O. (25 January, 1883 – 23 November, 1948) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He possessed a strong physique and enjoyed dance.

Life & Career

Born in London, the son of physician J. M. Bruce, Kenneth Bruce gained four months' time on passing out of Britannia.[1]

Bruce joined college on 25 November, 1902. On 25 May 1903 he was granted 61 days sick leave after an accident caused a brain injury. This leave was extended another month.

On 1 June 1904 Bruce was appointed to join Glory on the China Station. Before he got under way, on 27 June, 1904, Bruce was operated on to treat cellulitis on his leg. This resulted in a planned passage in Terrible to be cancelled, with Bruce being instructed to join Glory after regaining fitness. He was expected to be fit on 15 July 1904 but this did not happen.

Bruce was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1905.[2]

On 19 February 1906, Bruce was appointed to Thames for instruction in submarines. On 5 October, he was appointed to Mercury for command of submarines operating out of Portsmouth. On 29 December, 1906, Bruce married Madeline Amy Birks as he continued his general appointment in command of submarines, which extended into 1911. Bruce was allowed to proceed to London to undergo an appendectomy on 1 February, 1911. He was allowed to travel to France while recuperating, and was again fit on 1 May. His appointment in command of submarines continued until 6 June 1911 when he was appointed to the pre-dreadnought Exmouth in the Mediterranean.[3]

On 15 August 1912 Bruce was appointed from Exmouth to Bonaventure, to assume command of the submarine D 4.[4]

Bruce was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1913.[5]

Bruce remained in command of D 4 until he was appointed to Maidstone on 7 September, 1914 to assume command of the submarine E 12 upon her commissioning. Bruce received an expression of Admiralty appreciation for his operations in the Sea of Marmora in June of 1915. Bruce was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915. He would further be rearded with a D.S.O. for his operations in the Sea of Marmora during September and October, 1915, having been badly entangled in nets on his way out.[6]

Post-War

Bruce retired at his own request on 1 January, 1923 and was eligible for a step in rank on reaching age 45.[7]

Bruce was promoted to the rank of Captain on 25 January, 1928.[8]

World War II

Bruce was selected to attend eleven day Sea Transport Officers Training Courses held in March 1938 and February, 1939. On 28 August, 1939 he was appointed as District Sea Transport Officer, Newcastle.[9]

On 6 January, 1942, Bruce was appointed as District Sea Transport Officer, Newport. Later that year, Bruce misused service petrol.[10]

In 1945 he was judged unfit for further naval service, having been treated for a condition that might be hypertension. His appointment was terminated on 13 June 1945 and he reverted to the Retired List the next day. In 1947, he asked for and received permission to move to South Africa.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. C 15
1 Mar, 1908[12] – 22 Feb, 1911[13]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Kerr
Preceded by
Martin E. Nasmith
Captain of H.M.S. D 4
15 Aug, 1912[14] – 7 Sep, 1914[15]
Succeeded by
John R. G. Moncreiffe
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. E 12
7 Sep, 1914[16] – 10 Mar, 1917[17]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles G. Brodie
Captain of H.M.S. Adamant
Mar, 1917[18][19] – 1 Mar, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
Charles S. Benning
Preceded by
?
In Command, Third Group of Fish Hydrophone Flotilla
c. 1 May, 1918[21] – 9 May, 1918[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
In Command, Second Group of Fish Hydrophone Flotilla
9 May, 1918[23] – 30 Jan, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frank E. Woodward
Captain of H.M.S. PC 62
30 Jan, 1919[25] – 20 Mar, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frederick W. Robinson
Captain of H.M.S. PC 73
20 Mar, 1919[27] – Nov, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Preceded by
Desmond A. Stride
Captain of H.M.S. P50
27 Nov, 1919[29] – 14 Oct, 1920[30]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 11.
  3. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  4. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  5. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  6. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  7. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  8. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  9. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  10. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  11. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  12. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 286.
  13. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  14. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  15. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  16. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  17. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  18. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  19. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391c.
  20. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  21. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  22. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  23. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  24. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  25. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  26. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  27. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  28. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  29. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.
  30. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/105. f. 503.