Philip George Wodehouse

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Captain (retired) Philip George Wodehouse, D.S.O. (26 November, 1883 – 4 April, 1973) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wodehouse was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1906.[1]

In 1907 he grounded hi command T.B. 72 due to an error in judgment. He later was similar responsible for a collision between his T.B. 112 and T.B. 073. In 1909, T.B. 112 again collided, this time with a buoy. He obtained instruction in aeroplanes that year at Palmers.

Wodehouse was appointed in command of the destroyer Bittern on 4 February, 1913.[2]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Wolf in April, 1913.[3]

Wodehouse was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1914.[4]

On 22 June, 1914, Wodehouse was appointed in command of the destroyer Rattlesnake.[5]

Great War

On 11 April, 1915 Wodehouse was commended for his work in escorting transports since December, 1914. In April 1915 he performed commendable work in conducting minesweeping operations in the Dardanelles, frequently when under heavy fire.

On 28 July, 1915, Wodehouse's Beagle Class destroyer Rattlesnake collided with H.M.S. Bulldog. Vice-Admiral of the Eastern Mediterranean de Robeck considered that Wodehouse had no excuse for this accident.[6]

On 2 September, 1916 Wodehouse left Malta for Plymouth in Huntsend. He was appointed in command of the destroyer Northesk on 22 September, 1916.[7]

While in command of the Northesk on 18 October 1917, Wodehouse rescued the crew of the S.S. Lorenzo and received the thanks of the Italian Ministry of Marine.[8]

Interbellum

Wodehouse was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[9]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Waterhen on 15 November, 1920.[10]

On 8 April, 1925 Wodehouse was appointed to M.L. 291, additional, and as Senior Officer, Rhine Flotilla. On 13 March, 1926, a Court of Enquiry into the loss of M.L. 287 concluded that Wodehouse had committed an error in judgment.[11]

In 1927-28, Wodehouse undertook a series of short destroyer commands as he helped shuttle the vessels to Rosyth to join the Maintenance Reserve.

Wodehouse was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 26 November, 1929.[12]

World War II

Appointed to command the Coastal Forces training establishment H.M.S. Hornet on 8 October, 1941, vice Chapple. His appointment was terminated on 8 August, 1942/[13]

On 24 August, 1942 Wodehouse was appointed in command of H.M.S. Tynwald, a civilian vessel refitted as an anti-aircraft platform, vice Peters, having the rank of Acting Captain. He survived her loss to an Italian submarine on 12 November.[14]

In mid 1943 he was appointed in command of the Thames Medway Flotilla, and on 2 October, 1944 in command of Wildfire, vice Taylor.[15]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Roger V. Alison
Captain of H.M. T.B. 72
18 Jun, 1907[16] – 15 Nov, 1907[17]
Succeeded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Preceded by
Douglas Faviell
Captain of H.M. T.B. 112
15 Nov, 1907[18][19] – 9 Sep, 1909[20]
Succeeded by
Francis B. Haygarth
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M. T.B. 36
9 Sep, 1909[21][22] – 4 Apr, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
James R. M. M. Crichton
Preceded by
Henry de B. Tupper
Captain of H.M.S. Bittern
4 Feb, 1913[24][25] – Apr, 1913[26]
Succeeded by
Gordon Campbell
Preceded by
Hugh J. Tweedie
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
Apr, 1913[27][28] – 10 Jun, 1914[29]
Succeeded by
Ambrose T. N. Abbay
Preceded by
Reginald W. Grubb
Captain of H.M.S. Rattlesnake
22 Jun, 1914[30] – 4 Aug, 1916[31]
Succeeded by
Andrew B. Cunningham
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Northesk
22 Sep, 1916[32] – 7 Aug, 1919[33]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edwin A. Homan
Captain of H.M.S. Waterhen
15 Nov, 1920[34][35] – 17 Aug, 1922[36]
Succeeded by
George H. Creswell
Preceded by
Alexander S. Douglas
Captain of H.M.S. Wryneck
17 Aug, 1922[37][38] – 5 Jan, 1923[39]
Succeeded by
William J. Whitworth
Preceded by
Herbert A. Buchanan-Wollaston
Captain of H.M.S. Carysfort
early 1927[40] – 18 Apr, 1927[41]
Succeeded by
George L. Massey
Preceded by
Ernald G. H. Master
Captain of H.M.S. Turbulent
29 Aug, 1927[42][43] – Nov, 1927[44]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Alan F. W. Howard
Captain of H.M.S. Tenedos
c. Oct, 1927[45] – 15 Nov, 1927[46]
Succeeded by
Philip H. Calderon
Preceded by
Lionel G. Foote
Captain of H.M.S. Saladin
18 Jan, 1928[47] – 28 Feb, 1928[48]
Succeeded by
Norman A. G. Ohlenschlager
Preceded by
Frederick A. Richardson
Captain of H.M.S. Tintagel
28 Feb, 1928[49] – 18 Aug, 1928[50]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Captain of H.M.S. Pegasus
18 Aug, 1928[51] – 6 Dec, 1928[52]
Succeeded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Preceded by
Lawrence D'O. Bignell
Captain of H.M.S. Tyrian
6 Dec, 1928[53] – 22 Apr, 1929[54]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
James C. Colvill
Captain of H.M.S. Sesame
22 Apr, 1929[55] – 29 May, 1929[56]
Succeeded by
Hubert Vaughan-Jones

Footnotes

  1. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 284.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 397a.
  4. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 376a.
  6. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  7. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  8. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  9. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 898.
  11. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  12. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  13. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  14. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  15. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  16. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  17. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  18. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 399.
  20. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 399.
  22. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  23. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  24. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  25. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 284.
  26. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  27. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 397a.
  29. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397i.
  31. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  32. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 854.
  33. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  34. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  35. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 898.
  36. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  37. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  38. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 846-898.
  39. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  40. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  41. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  42. The Navy List. (January, 1928). p. 276.
  43. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  44. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  45. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  46. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  47. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  48. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  49. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  50. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  51. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  52. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  53. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  54. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  55. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  56. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.