Hubert Brand

Admiral Sir Hubert George Brand, GCB, KCMG, KCVO (20 May 1870 – 14 December 1955) was a senior Royal Navy officer who served as Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Sir Hubert Brand
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born20 May 1870
Died14 December 1955 (1955-12-15) (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1883–1932
Commands heldFlag Officer, Royal Yachts
Atlantic Fleet
Plymouth Command
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order


Brand was the second son of Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden, Governor of New South Wales, and the grandson of Henry Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden, Speaker of the House of Commons. His mother was Susan Henrietta Cavendish, daughter of Lord George Cavendish. His three surviving brothers also gained distinction: Thomas Brand, 3rd Viscount Hampden, and the Honourable Roger Brand were both Brigadier-Generals in the Army while the Honourable Robert Brand was a businessman and civil servant who was raised to the peerage as Baron Brand in 1946.[1]

Brand joined the Royal Navy in 1883.[2] He was promoted to commander on 1 September 1902.[3] He was appointed Naval Attaché in Tokyo in 1912.[2] He served in World War I as Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and then as Chief of Staff to Admiral commanding the Battlecruiser Squadron from 1916.[2] On 26 June 1919, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Hertfordshire.[4] After the war he became commander of the King's Yachts from 1919 and then commanded the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron from 1922 before becoming Naval Secretary in 1925.[2] He went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel later that year.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet in 1927 and Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1929.[2] He was also appointed First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King in 1931; He retired in 1932.[2]


Brand married Norah Greene, daughter of Sir Conyngham Greene, British Ambassador to Japan, in 1914. They had two daughters, of whom only the eldest reached adulthood. Norah died in March 1924. Brand remained a widower until his death in December 1955, aged 85.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Hodges
Naval Secretary
April 1925April 1925
Succeeded by
Frank Larken
Preceded by
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bt
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Hodges
Preceded by
Sir Henry Oliver
Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Ernle Chatfield
Preceded by
Sir Rudolph Bentinck
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Fullerton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Walter Cowan
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Montague Browning
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Percy Noble
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