Basil Charles Barrington Brooke, RN

Born  6 Apr 1895
Died  20 Jan 1983(87)


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Ranks

2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Jan 1916 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1916 S.Lt.
15 Nov 1917 A/Lt.
15 Mar 1918 Lt.
15 Mar 1926 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1931 Cdr.
30 Jun 1938 Capt.
8 Jul 1947 Rear-Admiral
1 Dec 1950 Vice-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 11 Oct 1949


Decorations

11 Jun 1946 CBE
9 Jun 1949 CB

Warship Commands listed for Basil Charles Barrington Brooke, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Curlew (D 42)Capt.Light cruiser23 Aug 193926 May 1940
HMS Southampton (83)Capt.Light cruiser18 Jun 194011 Jan 1941
HMS Renown (72)Capt.Battlecruiser8 Dec 19434 Jan 1946

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Southampton (83)


22 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600 hours, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), departed Greenock for Scapa Flow. (1)

23 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400 hours, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), arrived at Scapa Flow from Greenock. (1)

24 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the late afternoon HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

26 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted a D/G test at Scapa Flow. (1)

27 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the early afternoon HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

29 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Late in the morning, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (1)

1 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

2 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

4 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted HA gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

6 Jul 1940
Around 0230 hours, the light cruiser HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN) and the destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN) and HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow to go the aid of the submarine HMS Shark (Lt.Cdr. P.N. Buckley, RN) that had been depth charged and badly damaged by german A/S trawlers off Skudesnes, Norway and is unable to dive.

The submarine is however captured by the Germans. She later sank under tow.

HMS Fame was damaged shortly after noon by near misses from German bombs.

The 'rescue party' arrived at Rosyth around 0115/7. (2)

7 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2045 hours HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN) and HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN) departed Rosyth to return to Scapa Flow where they arrived around 1115/8 but not before HA gunnery exercises had been carried out in the Pentland Firth. (2)

10 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow. These were followed by HA gunnery exercises in the afternoon. (2)

12 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the evening, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted a speed trial at Scapa Flow. (2)

15 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

16 Jul 1940
Around 1030 hours, a British force made up of the heavy cruisers HMS Shropshire (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN), HMS Sussex (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), light cruisers HMS Glasgow (Capt. H. Hickling, RN), HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. E.L. Berthon, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. J.S. Crawford, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN) and HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN) departed Scapa Flow to conduct a raid against German shipping off the west coast of Denmark.

The force proceeded towards the Danish west coast until shortly before 1600/16 but then reversed course due to negative air reconnaissance reports.

HMS Shorpshire was detached to the Clyde, where she was to refit, around 2315/16.

Shortly before midnight, while in the Pentland Firth and in thick fog, HMS Glasgow collided with HMS Imogen. The destroyer had to be abandoned. Seventeen ratings were killed but HMS Glasgow was able to pick up the remaining crew of which eleven were wounded, one of which later died from his wounds. HMS Glasgow sustained damage to her bow. HMS Imogen was not seen to sink but she was lost out of sight in the heavy fog.

The damaged HMS Glasgow proceeded to Scapa Flow with HMS Southampton arriving around 0945/17.

HMS Sussex arrived at Scapa Flow around 1100/17.

The destroyers remained out during the day searching for the hulk of HMS Imogen but it was not sighted. They arrived at Scapa Flow around 1800/17.

20 Jul 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Sheerness around 1345 hours for anti-invasion purposes. (2)

21 Jul 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness around 1745 hours. While on passage from Scapa Flow she had been attacked by German aircraft at 1302/21 but the bombs dropped missed the cruiser and no damage was sustained. (2)

17 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral G.F.B. Edward-Collins, CB, KCVO, RN) and HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN) departed Sheerness around 1830 hours for Rosyth where they arrived around 1300/18. They were relocated to Rosyth due to the almost continuous bombing of the south part England by the Luftwaffe. (3)

5 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Rear-Admiral M.L. Clarke, DSC, RN, struck his flag in HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN). (4)

16 Oct 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) departed Immingham around 1730/16 for Scapa Flow.

She arrived at Scapa Flow around 1245/17. (5)

18 Oct 1940
Late in the afternoon / early in the evening, HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (5)

22 Oct 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (5)

25 Oct 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (5)

26 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) and HMS Arethusa (Capt. Q.D. Graham, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (5)

8 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) is ordered to detach from the battleship force and to arrive at the Clyde on the 13th.

This was later changed for her to arrive at Belfast on the 11th. (4)

11 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) arrived at Belfast. (6)

13 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) is docked at Belfast. (6)

15 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) is undocked.

She departed Belfast for convoy escort duty shortly before midnight. (6)

22 Nov 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) arrived at Gibraltar having been relieved on convoy escort duty by HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) around 1330 hours the previous day. (6)

2 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (7)

3 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) arrived at Port Said.

She then transited the Suez Canal southbound and arrived at Suez later the same day. (8)

4 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (8)

6 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) arrived at Aden. (8)

7 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) departed Aden to patrol off Italian Somaliland and to proceed to Mombasa afterwards. (8)

10 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) conducted a bombardment against shipping anchored off Kismayu, Italian Somaliland.

She was assisted during the bombardment by Royal Air Force fighters. (9)

11 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) arrived at Mombasa. (8)

14 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) departed Mombasa for Zanzibar where she was to embark the Governor-designate for Aden.

Following this she set course for an ocean rendez-vous with convoy WS 4B.

[For more info on convoy WS 4B, see the event 'Convoy WS 4B' for 18 November 1940.] (10)

18 Dec 1940
Around 1000 hours (zone -3) HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) joined convoy WS 4B in approximate position 22°30'S, 41°00'E.

[For more info on convoy WS 4B, see the event 'Convoy WS 4B' for 18 November 1940.] (11)

25 Dec 1940
HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) briefly parted company with convoy WS 4B to fuel at Aden after which she immediately rejoined the convoy.

[For more info on convoy WS 4B, see the event 'Convoy WS 4B' for 18 November 1940.] (9)

28 Dec 1940
Convoy WS 4B arrived at Suez. It was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Southampton (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN).

[For more info on this convoy, see the event 'Convoy WS 4B' for 18 November 1940.]

Sources

  1. ADM 53/113253
  2. ADM 53/113254
  3. ADM 53/113255
  4. ADM 199/385
  5. ADM 53/113257
  6. ADM 53/113258
  7. ADM 199/387
  8. ADM 199/2570
  9. ADM 199/383
  10. ADM 199/380
  11. ADM 53/114093

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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