Philip John Mack DSO, RN

Born  6 Oct 1892
Died  29 Apr 1943(50)


15 May 1910 Mid.
15 Sep 1912 A/S.Lt.
15 Jun 1913 S.Lt.
19 Sep 1914 Lt.
15 Sep 1922 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1927 Cdr.
31 Dec 1934 Capt.
12 Jan 1943 Rear-Admiral


11 Jul 1940 DSO
5 Aug 1941 Bar to DSO
3 Feb 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Philip John Mack, RN

HMS Jervis (F 00)Capt.Destroyer20 Mar 193916 May 1940
HMS Janus (F 53)Capt.Destroyer16 May 194029 May 1940
HMS Jervis (F 00)Capt.Destroyer15 Jul 194019 Mar 1942
HMS King George V (41)Capt.Battleship6 May 194215 Feb 1943

Career information

Rear-Admiral Mack died in an air crash.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Jervis (F 00)

6 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1315/6, HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, RN) and HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), departed Invergordon for Rosyth where they arrived around 0030/7. (1)

3 Aug 1940
HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. -Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Defender (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhodes, RAN) all conducted gunnery exercises off Alexandria. (2)

19 Aug 1941
At 0840/19, HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), departed Alexandria for a troop and supply run to Tobruk. They returned to Alexandria at 1410/20 having taken some wounded soldiers out of Tobruk on the way back.

[The personal diary of a crewmember of HMS Jervis mentions an attack on them by enemy torpedo bombers which had no result. We have so far not been able to find any mention of this in the offical records.] (3)


  1. ADM 53/109404
  2. ADM 199/386
  3. ADM 53/115213 + ADM 199/415

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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