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Royal Navy Special Service Squadron Empire Tour Cigarette Box, 1923-24
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Royal Navy Special Service Squadron Empire Tour Cigarette Box, 1923-24

Measurements: Overall: 18cm (7in) x 8.5cm (3.3in) x 5cm (1.9in)



Silver cigarette box of rectangular form with hinged lid inset with domed hemispheres and inscribed H.M.S. ‘DELHI’ / ‘H.M.S. DAUNTLESS’ / H.M.S. ‘DRAGON’ and H.M.S. ‘DANAE’ at each corner and ‘1st L.C.S. Special Service Squadron / 27 November 1923 - 23 September 1924 / Thomas M. Brounger from Hubert Brand’.   

In 1923–24, H.M.S. Delhi and her Danae class sister ships - the most modern and most powerful cruisers of the Royal Navy - acted as escorts to the battlecruisers Hood and Repulse on the round world Empire Cruise of the Special Service Squadron. The Squadron departed Devonport on 27 November 1923 and headed for Sierra Leone, before passing down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town and then on across the Indian Ocean to Trincomali. The squadron then sailed via Singapore to Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific to Vancouver. The fleet separated off the west coast of the United States with the battlecruisers Hood and Repulse passing through the Panama Canal, while the light cruisers,Danae, Dauntless, Delhi, Dragon and Dunedin continued around Cape Horn.

Admiral The Hon. Sir Hubert Brand, G.C.B., K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O. (1870-1955) entered the navy in 1883, and was was appointed Naval Attaché in Tokyo in 1912. He served was Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and then as Chief of Staff to Admiral commanding the Battle Cruiser Squadron from 1916.  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 He went on to be Second Sea Lord later that year; Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet in 1927; C-in-C Plymouth in 1929; and First and Principal Naval A.D.C. toto George V in 1931.

Commander Thomas Maclean Brounger, D.S.O., R.N. was Navigating Officer 1st Light Cruiser Squadron during the Great War.