Philip Ruck Keene

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Philip Ruck-Keene, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. (7 November, 1897 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Reverend.

As a Midshipman, Ruck-Keene was appointed to the Vanguard on 1 February, 1916. He was fortunate to have been lent to the depot ship Lucia for service with submarines before Vanguard blew up just before midnight on 9 July 1917, being then one of approximately twenty-four men who escaped with their lives.[1]

Ruck-Keene was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1919.

Ruck-Keene was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1931.

Ruck-Keene was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1936.

Ruck-Keene was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 July, 1946.

Ruck-Keene was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Vice-Admiral on 3 August, 1949.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Conway B. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. H 34
20 Aug, 1924[2]
Succeeded by
George C. P. Menzies
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Oswald
15 Oct, 1928[3]
Succeeded by
Reginald R. Helbert
Preceded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Captain of H.M.S. Adamant
22 Feb, 1932 – 17 May, 1932
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles H. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
17 May, 1932[4]c. 22 Feb, 1933[Inference]
Succeeded by
Gerald A. Garnons-Williams
Preceded by
Edward A. Aylmer
Captain of H.M.S. Cyclops
15 Nov, 1939 – 27 May, 1940
Succeeded by
Edward H. Longsdon


  1. The National Archives. ADM 137/3680. f. 445.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 243.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 257.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 214.