Walter Augustus Phillimore, RN

Born  7 Sep 1915
Died  21 Jun 1942(26)HMS P 514

Ranks

16 May 1936 S.Lt.
16 Aug 1937 Lt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Walter Augustus Phillimore, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS H 34 (N 34)Lt.Submarine15 Sep 194118 Jan 1942
HMS P 514 (P 514)Lt.SubmarineFeb 19424 Apr 1942
HMS P 514 (P 514)Lt.Submarine20 Apr 194221 Jun 1942 (+)

Career information

Educated at Durlston, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset. WAP entered the British Royal Naval College 2nd May 1929 summer term as a Blake first termer. He was allocated to Hardy Dormitory and his tutor was Harold W Hodges MA Fr Hist. In January 1930 WAP was relocated to Collingwood Dorm. During autumn term 1930 he came first in Maths exams and collected a prize book—Scotts Last Expedition. Christmas 1932 WAP completed his eleventh term with a First Class Pass, being placed second in the ’alpha watch’ of his year. He gained distinctions in his final maths, history and English exams and was duly awarded three prizes of books of plays by Galsworthy and Shakespeare.

In January 1933 Cadet Phillimore joined the Frobisher. He was promoted to Mid-shipman on the 1st September 1933. Dur-ing the next five years he continued his training, including time at the Hill Camp in Ceylon where young officers and men were sent during the refit of the Emerald. On the 16th May 1936 WAP became a Sub. Lieuten-ant. He completed his sub-lieutenant’s course and was promoted to Lieutenant on the 16th August 1937. The submarine train-ing course at Dolphin received WAP on 30thAugust 1937. By December he completed and became an additional officer on HMS Medway in China (4th submarine Flotilla). He joined HMS/m Phoenix (submarine) on 28th March 1938. Two years later in April 1940 he moved to HMS/m Proteus still in China working from Medway

Taken from WAP’s Personal Tribute. A friend writes: “From his earliest youth he was always determined to go into the Navy, thus following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore, K.C.B.; his uncle and godfather, Admiral Sir Richard Phillimore, G.C.B.; and his uncle, Captain V.E.B. Phillimore, C.B.E., D.S.O. He was the thirteenth member of the family to serve in the Navy.”

(Information from a relative of his via personal communication)

Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS H 34 (N 34)


18 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) F.H.E. Skyrme, RN) and HMS Incholm (Skr. W. Martin, RNR). (1)

23 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Beaumaris (Lt. T.E. Williams, RNR). (1)

24 Sep 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

25 Sep 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

27 Sep 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (1)

2 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (2)

4 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (2)

6 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (2)

7 Oct 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory. (2)

9 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) both departed Tobermory for Rothesay. They were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (2)

10 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Rothesay. (2)

12 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. (2)

13 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

14 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

15 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

16 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

17 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

19 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

20 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

21 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) proceeded from Campbeltown to Kames Bay where she was immediately docked. (2)

22 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then immediately returned to Campbeltown. (2)

23 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

24 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

26 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

27 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

28 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

29 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

30 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

31 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown. (2)

1 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. (3)

9 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Lomdonderry. The submarines were escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN). (3)

10 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Londonderry. (3)

12 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (3)

13 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (3)

14 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. (3)

16 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (3)

17 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (3)

18 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Folkestone (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (3)

21 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (3)

22 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN). (3)

23 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Witherington (Lt. R. Horncastle, RN) and HNoMS Bodo. (3)

24 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Witherington (Lt. R. Horncastle, RN). (3)

25 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Witherington (Lt. R. Horncastle, RN) and aircraft. (3)

26 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, RNR). (3)

29 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN). (3)

30 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR) and HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN). (3)

1 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN) and HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR). (4)

2 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Newmarket (Lt.Cdr. C.W. North, RN) and HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmott, RNR). (4)

3 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 3/4 December 1941, HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. These included night exercises. (4)

4 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 4/5 December 1941, HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN), conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft. These included night exercises. (4)

5 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, DSC, RN) and HMS Newmarket (Lt.Cdr. C.W. North, RN). (4)

8 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN). (4)

9 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR). (4)

10 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ships from the 3rd Escort Group. (4)

11 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN). (4)

12 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Walker (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Egret (A/Capt. E.M. Haes, RN) (4)

13 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (4)

14 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle. (4)

15 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) and HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN).

Later the same day, HMS H 34 departed Londonderry for Rothesay together with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (T/Lt. R.H. Hampton, RNR). (4)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Rothesay. She departed again later the same day for her 12th war patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) and HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) until 0700/17 when HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN) took over the escort until 0500/19 while off Wolf Rock. (4)

19 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She was not able to go on patrol due to problems with the rudder. (4)

26 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed Falmouth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

For the daily positions of HMS H 34 during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

1 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Falmouth. (5)

8 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) is docked at Rothesay. (6)

13 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) is undocked. (6)

15 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. Upon entering the harbour she struck HMS Jester. (6)

17 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (6)

18 Jan 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area (Loch Ranza) where she anchored upon completing the exercises. (6)


Submarine HMS P 514 (P 514)


12 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, USA. (7)

13 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted exercises off New London, Connecticut, USA. (7)

21 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Halifax. (7)

27 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Halifax. (7)

28 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Halifax. (7)

31 Mar 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Halifax. (7)

1 Apr 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises at St. Margaret's Bay. (7)

2 Apr 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises at St. Margaret's Bay. (7)

3 Apr 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises at St. Margaret's Bay. (7)

4 Apr 1942
Lt Phillimore left HMS P 514 sick for hospital. The Commanding Officer of HMS P 512 (which was at Halifax with defects) Lt. Ogle took temporary command of P 514. (7)

15 May 1942
With her repairs completed, HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN), departed Halifax for St. John's. She was escorted by HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.D. Landles, RCNR). (7)

17 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at St. John's. (7)

20 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from St. John's to Harbour Grace. (7)

21 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Harbour Grace. (7)

22 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Harbour Grace. (7)

23 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Harbour Grace. (7)

24 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Harbour Grace. (7)

25 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) shifted from Harbour Grace to St. John's. (7)

26 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed St. John's for Argentia where she was to participate in A/S exercises. During the passage she was escorted by HMCS Chambly (T/Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN). (7)

27 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) arrived at Argentia. (7)

28 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Argentia. (7)

29 May 1942
HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Argentia. (7)

20 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
After over three weeks of A/S exercises, HMS P 514 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN), departed Argentia for St. John's. No escort could be provided.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16764
  2. ADM 173/16765
  3. ADM 173/16766
  4. ADM 173/16767
  5. ADM 199/1828
  6. ADM 173/17233
  7. ADM 199/1834

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


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