Stephen Phillimore

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Commander (retired) Stephen Phillimore (14 June, 1886 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Phillimore was born in Perth, Western Australia. After passing out of Britannia with two and a half months time gained, he received his first commission to the armoured cruiser Aboukir of the Mediterranean Fleet on 15 September, 1902. He came down with Mediterranean Fever, however, and was invalided from the ship on 3 May, 1903. Treated at Plymouth Hospital, he was not found fit until 8 July, 1904. He finally received his second appointment, to Berwick of the Cruiser Squadron on 16 July, 1904.[1]

Phillimore gained his first experience in small craft in the "C" Class destroyer Flying Fish for the annual manoeuvres in 1906. He did well enough that he was appointed Sub-Lieutenant in command of T.B. 49 in early 1907. This exposure proved brief, as he was relieved in command for "minor offences" and appointed to the battleship Ocean on 15 May.[2]

Phillimore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1908. He was diagnosed with syphilis in March of 1909 and was unfit for one week. In July, he was directed to join the battleship Triumph in the Mediterranean. After she paid off on 11 January, 1911, Phillimore was next appointed to command T.B. 87, dated 31 January, 1911. He left when he was appointed Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 81 on 28 August, 1912, and placed in command of the Portland Flotilla.[3][4]

Great War

When war broke out, Phillimore was in the armoured cruiser Hampshire on the China Station. He remained in her until 14 November, 1915 when he was appointed in command of the gunboat Scarab and on the staff of the Commodore, Sloops. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1916, Phillimore would remain in Scarab, working her on the Yangtze River until being superseded in August of 1918.

Post-War

At the end of 1918, Phillimore was appointed to Campbell as torpedo officer. In March of 1919, he was appointed to Egmont, additional, to perform special services on the Danube until being appointed in command of the gunboat Aphis on 19 November, 1919, relieving Cyril Prescott Franklin in command at Budapest the next day.[5] She worked on the Danube and cruised in the Mediterranean until Phillimore left her in July 1921.

Phillimore was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 1 October, 1926.[6]

World War II

Phillimore was reported as unfit with a nervous breakdown on 30 June, 1939. In 1943 when he applied for a medical examination he was informed that there would be no possibility of his serving with the Navy.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Archie H. B. Bisset
Captain of H.M. T.B. 49
8 Jan, 1907[8][9] – 15 May, 1907[10]
Succeeded by
James L. C. Clark
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 049
Preceded by
Hugh J. Woodward
Captain of H.M. T.B. 87
31 Jan, 1911[11][12] – 22 Aug, 1912[13]
Succeeded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Preceded by
Leveson G. B. A. Campbell
Captain of H.M. T.B. 81
28 Aug, 1912[14][15] – 16 Dec, 1913[16]
Succeeded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Scarab
14 Nov, 1915[17][18] – Aug, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
R. C. Primrose
Preceded by
Cyril P. Franklin
Captain of H.M.S. Aphis
19 Nov, 1919[20][21] – Jul, 1921[22]
Succeeded by
Percy E. Healey
Preceded by
Cosmo A. O. Douglas
Captain of H.M.S. Dwarf
21 Sep, 1922[23][24] – Sep, 1924[25]
Succeeded by
Henry F. M. Peto

Footnotes

  1. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  2. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  3. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 401.
  5. Transcribed Ship Logs at naval-history.net
  6. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  7. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  8. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  9. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
  10. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  11. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  12. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 401.
  13. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  14. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 401a'.
  16. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  17. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397v.
  19. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  20. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 726.
  22. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  23. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.
  24. Ship's Log.
  25. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/208 f. 278.