Bertram Home Ramsay

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Admiral Bertram Home Ramsay, K.C.B., K.B.E., M.V.O. (20 January, 1883 – 2 January, 1945) served in the Royal Navy in both world wars, dying in an aircraft accident while flying to meet with Bernard Montgomery.

Life & Career

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1904.

Ramsay took the long signal course in 1908-09, having requested the signal branch in light of the fact that he would not be required to coal ship.[1]

He served as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Keppel in Albemarle under the command of Captain Chatfield. Chatfield recorded that Ramsay possessed a willful and rather temeritous streak:[2]

He was a bright young Lieutenant of great ability and keenness, but lacking in tact. The difficulty was, he tried to run me through the Admiral; such as coming on the bridge when we were about to unmoor at Oslo. We were the only ship present, and without consulting me he hoisted a signal for Albemarle to unmoor and weigh southern anchor first. Which, of couse, I ignored, as it was the wrong anchor! Then he ran against David Beatty, Captain of the Queen. In a squadron signal exercise off Dover, Ramsay made a signal: "The Queen's signalmen are a disgrace to the Fleet." David Beatty came aboard the Albemarle at 9 o'clock the next morning in frock coat and sword, and made a furious complaint to poor Colin who, like me, knew nothing about it.

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1912.

Great War

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915.

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1925.

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 9 May, 1935.

World War II

Ramsay was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the retired list on 12 January, 1939.

Ramsay was restored to the Active List on 26 April, 1944 promoted to the rank of Admiral the following day.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.25
26 Aug, 1915[3] – 25 Oct, 1917
Succeeded by
Arthur C. Fawssett
Preceded by
Edward R. G. R. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Broke
25 Oct, 1917[4] – 15 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
Henry G. L. Oliphant
Preceded by
Miles B. Birkett
Captain of H.M.S. Weymouth
20 Oct, 1924 – 8 Mar, 1925
Succeeded by
Edgar W. Buchanan
Preceded by
Francis M. Austin
Captain of H.M.S. Danae
8 Mar, 1925[5] – Mar, 1927
Succeeded by
Lachlan D. I. Mackinnon
Preceded by
Arthur L. Snagge
Captain of H.M.S. Kent
27 Jul, 1929 – 19 Jun, 1931
Succeeded by
John H. Godfrey
Preceded by
Kenelm E. L. Creighton
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Sovereign
25 Nov, 1933 – 18 Jun, 1935
Succeeded by
Frank Elliott
Preceded by
Alexander P. Davidson
as Captain-in-Charge, Dover
Flag Officer-in-Charge, Dover
24 Aug, 1939 – 23 Apr, 1942
Succeeded by
Robert L. B. Cunliffe


  1. Kent. Signal!. p. 115.
  2. Kent. Signal!. p. 115.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395j.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 746.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 230.