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Old 25-09-2009, 17:44
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Default Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

ADMIRAL, SIR BERTRAM RAMSAY, NAVAL C-IN-C. OF ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, K.C.B., K.B.E., M.V.O., Naval Commander-in- Chief of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and one of the outstanding figures among naval commanders in the present war, was killed yesterday in an aeroplane accident in France. . His name first became known to the general public as the admiral in command at Dover on whom fell the duty of organizing and carrying out the withdrawal of the British Army from Dunkirk in 1940, a service for which he was knighted; and later as the officer who planned the great amphibious operations of the landings in North Africa in November. 1942. And in Sicily and Italy in 1943, taking the actual command afloat himself in the two latter. In the still greater amphibious operation when the allied armies landed in France in 1944, he was the obvious choice for the naval command. But for his untimely death he would undoubtedly have been promoted Admiral of the Fleet in the next vacancy. Bertram Home Ramsay, second son of the late Brigadier-General W. A. Ramsay, was born in 1883 and entered the Navy in 1898. As a sub-lieutenant of H.M.S. Hyacinth he saw active service in Somaliland, where he was landed with the naval brigade which captured Illig. As a lieutenant he specialized in signals and served as flag lieutenant to more than one flag officer; he was one of those officers selected in 1913 for the second staff course after its institution in 1912. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was serving as flag Lieutenant to Vice-Admiral Sir Douglas Gamble in the Grand Fleet, and was promoted to commander in 1915; in August of that year he took command of the monitor M.25, a ship of the Dover Patrol employed on the Belgian coast. When Commander (now Admiral Sir Edward) Evans was promoted captain for his services in action against German destroyers, Ramsay, in October, 1917, succeeded him in command of the flotilla leader Broke and continued in that command for the rest of the war. It was doubtless the experience that he then gained that caused him to be selected for the Dover command on the outbreak of war in 1939. In 1919 Ramsay became flag commander to Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe, and accompanied the admiral on his tour of the Dominions in H.M.S. New Zealand. Promoted captain in 1923, he commanded successively the cruisers Weymouth and Danae, the latter for two years on the Mediterranean Station, after which he joined the staff of the Royal Naval War College for two years, being senior staff officer for the greater part of that time. He returned to sea duty in 1929 as flag captain to the Commander-in-Chief, China, Admiral Sir Arthur Waistell, in H.M.S. Kent, an appointment which was combined with that of Chief of Staff. On his return from China he was for two years the naval officer on the staff of the Imperial Defence College, after which he commanded the battleship H.M.S. Royal Sovereign from 1933 to 1935, when he was promoted to flag rank. His experience as a captain was thus unrivalled, both in command and as a staff officer, for he had been in practically continuous employment since 1924, more than six years of that in command of H.M. ships at sea-a unique record in that period of little sea employment for the majority. He then became, as a Rear-Admiral, Chief of Staff to Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse, Com- mander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet, but the association, in spite of the high abilities of both officers, proved not to be a happy ole. Both were strong characters, and masters of their profession; but their outlook was so different that it proved impossible for them to work in harmony, and Ramsay relinquished his appointment in 1936. In October, 1938, it was announced that he had been placed on the retired list, with the rank of vice-admiral, having then been unemployed for two years. But his retirement was not to last for long, since he was recalled to service and appointed to his old war station at Dover on the outbreak of war a year later. In April, 1944, his reinstatement on the active list was announced, with his promotion to the substantive rank of admiral from the same date-he had held the acting rank of admiral from 1942. His services and great achievements in the present war have already been described. Ramsay was that somewhat rare combination of the perfect staff officer-painstaking, thorough, methodical, and farseeing and the born leader and commander. imperturbable, decided, master of himself and of the situation and gaining the full confidence and loyalty of his subordinates. For his war services in 1914-18, Ramsay received the M.V.O., the Legion of Honour, and became Officer of the Crown of Italy; and in 1936 he was made a C.B. He was advanced to K.C.B. in 1940 and was created a K.B.E. in 1943 ; in 1944 he received the Russian Order of Ushakoff, First Class. In 1929 he married Helen Margaret, daughter of the late Colonel C. T. Menzies, of Kames, Berwickshire, and had two sons.
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Default Re: Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

APRDAVE. awards to Adm. Ramsay ;

RAMSAY Bertram H N/E Cdr. RN 79D227 Broke
Vice Admiral Dover 28.08.18 N/E
Ostend 9-10.05.18 Mentioned in Despatches
This officer rendered valuable services commanding the off shore Destroyers which supported "Vindictive", firing star shell over the entrance to Ostend Harbour, and shell at the enemy's batteries, the former to light up the pierheads for "Vindictive" and the latter to divert the enemy's attention further seaward.

RAMSAY Bertram H N/E Lt.Cdr. RN 79D005 M.25
Vice Admiral Dover Patrol 12.01.16 Gazetted
Operations off Belgian Coast 22.08.15 & 19.11.15 N/E
Commanded vessels which attacked Ostende on the 6th September, when damage was done to submarine work shops and harbour works.
The shooting on the part of our vessels was remarkbly good.

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