Philip Hyde Waterer

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Captain (retired) Philip Hyde Waterer (26 April, 1878 – 5 September, 1933) was an officer in the Royal Navy whose service record contains a considerable saga of medical distress.

Life & Career

Waterer gained ten months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1893. In May 1894, Waterer was invalided from his first ship, Ramillies with Mediterranean Fever. Healthy in October, he was sent to join St. George at the Cape of Good Hope Station. He lasted longer in this appointment, and was recommended for his service on the occasion of the Bombardment of the Sultan of Zanzibar's Palace on 27 August, 1896. However, he was again invalided and arrived back in England on 22 January, 1897 for admission to Haslar Hospital for unstated reasons. He joined the Royal Naval College on 28 September 1897 but was sent back owing to an "affection" of his right knee. He was able to join the college on 28 October.[1]

Waterer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1900.[2]

Waterer was appointed in command of the destroyer Sylvia on 22 February, 1905.[3] It was to be the first of three destroyer commands he would have in the year, the last being in command of Wolf, appointed on 7 June. On 6 December, 1905, Wolf and Blackwater collided while approaching a mooring. Their speed was judged too high for the manoeuvre, and Waterer was deemed "unfit for the command of a T.B.." He was removed from command of Wolf on 29 December in favour of an appointment as gunnery officer in Sirius.[4]

In June, 1908, Waterer left Sappho, in which he was first and gunnery officer, and underwent surgery on his knee at King Edward VII Hospital. He would not emerge fully fit before 9 January, 1909. Later that year, he was admitted to Haslar for a urinary ailment.[5]

On 20 March, 1913 Waterer was admitted to Haslar Hospital to be treated for lumbago, taking six days before he emerged in good health.

Waterer was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1913. In August, he was appointed to serve in the China Station's light cruiser H.M.S. Yarmouth as commander. He remained in her after war broke out, and she returned home in late 1914. Recently evaluated as being "not temperate" and "no organizer", Waterer was still aboard when she fought at the Battle of Jutland. Finally, Waterer left her in November, 1916 and soon was placed in command of the seaplane carrier Engadine.[6]

On 22 June 1918, Waterer was admitted to Plymouth Hospital with ventral hernia.[7]

Post-War

In 1920, Waterer was hospitalised for hernia and then, in August, for a disease in his right ear.

Waterer was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 26 April, 1924.[8]

Hernia issues would again afflict him in 1929 and 1932.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Sylvia
22 Feb, 1905[9][10] – 14 Mar, 1905[11]
Succeeded by
John May
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Kennet
14 Mar, 1905[12] – 7 Jun, 1905[13]
Succeeded by
Reginald F. Parker
Preceded by
Ernest K. Loring
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
7 Jun, 1905[14][15] – 29 Dec, 1905[16]
Succeeded by
Mark G. Newton
Preceded by
Richard M. King
Captain of H.M.S. Kennet
29 Aug, 1911[17] – 5 Sep, 1911[18]
Succeeded by
Ennis T. R. Chambers
Preceded by
Charles G. Robinson
Captain of H.M.S. Engadine
28 Nov, 1916[19][20] – 22 Jun, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry N. Gilbert
Captain of H.M.S. Ark Royal
17 Sep, 1918[22][23] – 12 Jul, 1920[24]
Succeeded by
R. Watkins Grubb
Preceded by
William G. A. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Glasgow
11 Mar, 1921[25] – 31 Jan, 1922[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ralph S. Wykes-Sneyd
Captain of H.M.S. Comus
1 Jul, 1922[27][28] – 23 Jun, 1923[29]
Succeeded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon

Footnotes

  1. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  2. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 24 February, 1905. Issue 37639, col C, p. 11.
  4. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  5. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  6. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  7. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  8. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  9. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 24 February, 1905. Issue 37639, col C, p. 11.
  11. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  12. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  13. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  14. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  15. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 398.
  16. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  17. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  18. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  19. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 401c.
  21. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  22. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1920). p. 728.
  24. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  25. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  26. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  27. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 740.
  29. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.