The Lord Fraser of North Cape
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1888
Date of Death: 1981
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Sailor
Spouse: None
Military Branch: Royal Navy
(World War I,
World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Military Branch: Royal Navy (World War III)

Admiral of the Fleet Bruce Austin Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape GCB, KBE (5 February 1888 – 12 February 1981) was a senior Royal Navy officer. He served in World War I and saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign and took part in the internment of the German High Seas Fleet at the end of the War. He also served in World War II initially as Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy and then as Second-in-Command and afterwards as Commander of the Home Fleet, leading the force that destroyed the German battleship Scharnhorst. He went on to be First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in which role he assisted in establishing NATO and agreed to the principle that the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) should be an American Admiral, in the face of fierce British opposition.

Bruce Fraser in The Hot War[]

Lord Fraser was the British First Sea Lord during World War III. In April 1951, the Soviet Union smuggled an atomic bomb into the Suez Canal, rendering it useless. Lord Fraser immediately called U.S. Secretary of Defense George Marshall to warn him to place the Panama Canal on alert, to no avail: the Panama Canal had already been hit. In fact, Marshall had been on the verge of calling Fraser to warn him about the Suez Canal.[1]

Literary comment[]

While Fraser is not identified, there is no reason to think someone else was First Sea Lord.


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 291-294.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Henderson
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Frederic Wake-Walker
Preceded by
Sir John Tovey
Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Moore
Preceded by
Sir James Somerville
Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Power
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Layton
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Sir Algernon Willis
Preceded by
Sir John Cunningham
First Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
Preceded by
The Lord Tovey
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Moore