Edmund Rushbrooke

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Edmund Rushbrooke
Born 15 December 1892
Died 9 October 1972 (1972-10-10) (aged 79)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMS Argus
HMS Eagle
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice-Admiral Edmund Gerard Noel Rushbrooke CBE, DSC (15 December 1892 – 9 October 1972) was a Royal Navy officer.

Naval career

Rushbrooke served in the Second World War as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Argus from August 1940 and of the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle from April 1941.[1] On the early afternoon of 11 August, 1942 Eagle was hit by four torpedoes from the German submarine U-73, commanded by Helmut Rosenbaum, and sank within four minutes, 70 nautical miles (130 km; 81 mi) south of Cape Salinas. 131 officers and men, mainly from the ship's machinery spaces, were lost in the sinking.[2] Rushbrooke survived and went on to be Director of Naval Intelligence in November 1942.[3]


  1. "Captains commanding Royal Navy warships" (PDF). Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. Smith, p. 189
  3. "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 14 November 2015. 


  • Smith, Peter C. (1995). Eagle's War: War Diary of an Aircraft Carrier. Bristol, UK: Crécy Books. ISBN 0-947554-60-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
John Godfrey
Director of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by
Edward Parry