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Henry William Bruce

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Years of service  1803 - 1863
Battles and wars  Crimean War
Battles/wars  Crimean War
Service/branch  Royal Navy

Name  Henry Bruce
Rank  Admiral
Awards  Order of the Bath
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Henry William Bruce
Commands held  HMS Britannia HMS Imogene HMS Agincourt HMS Queen Pacific Station Portsmouth Command
Died  December 14, 1863, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Admiral Sir Henry William Bruce KCB (2 February 1792 – 14 December 1863) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.


Military career

Born the son of Sir Henry Hervey Aston Bruce, 1st Baronet, Bruce joined the Royal Navy in 1803. He took part in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He also took part in the War of 1812. He became Captain of HMS Britannia in 1823, of HMS Imogene in 1836, of HMS Agincourt in 1842 and of HMS Queen in 1847.

In 1851 he was appointed Commodore of the West Coast of Africa Station. He negotiated and signed the Treaty Between Great Britain and Lagos of 1 January 1852. Then in 1854, as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station, he founded a military hospital at Esquimalt. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1860.

He lived at Ballyscullion in Northern Ireland. He died in Liverpool while still serving as a naval officer and was interred in the family vault at Downhill in Northern Ireland.


In 1822 he married Jane Cochrane. In 1832, following the death of his first wife, he married Louisa Mary Minchin Dalrymple.


"This piece of silver plate was presented to Sir Henry William Bruce by his Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants in 1854 as a token of their grateful sense of his uniform, kindness and consideration to themselves, the officers and ship's companies under their command, during the period they had the pleasure of serving under him on the West Coast of Africa".


Henry William Bruce Wikipedia

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