Thomas Phillips was born in 1888. He entered the Royal Navy in 1903,
he raised through the officer ranks and was appointed as assistant director of the plans division in 1932 and three years later was promoted to director.
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|19th Feb 1888||Born|
|Educated at Stubbington House, Fareham|
|1903||Entered Royal Navy - trained at HMS Britannia|
|15th Jul 1907||A/Sub Lt|
|9th Apr 1908,
(seniority 15th Jul 1907)
|20th Jul 1909, (seniority 15th Jul 1908)||Lt|
|1914 to 1919||Served European War|
|15th Jul 1916||Lt Cdr|
|1919 to 1920||RN Staff College|
|1920 to 1922||Served on Permanent Advisory Commission for Naval, Military, and Air Questions, Geneva|
|30th Jun 1921||Cdr|
|30th Jun 1927||Capt||CB - 11th May 1937|
|4th Sep 1928 to Aug 1929||Captain (D) 6th Flotilla - HMS Campbell (destroyer)|
|24th Apr 1930 to Sep 1932||Assistant Director of Plans, Admiralty (HMS President)|
|21st Sep 1932 to Jul 1935||Flag Captain, HMS Hawkins (cruiser) & Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, East Indies|
|8th Aug 1935 to 1938||Director of Plans, Admiralty|
|1938 to 1939||Commodore Commanding the Home Fleet Destroyer Flotillas|
|1938 to 1939||Naval ADC to the King|
|10th Jan 1939||R Adm|
|1st Jun 1939 to Dec 1941||A Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Deputy (later: Vice) Chief of Naval Staff|
|7th Feb 1940||A/V Adm|
|May 1941 to 10th Dec 1941||Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet - HMS Prince of Wales (He was appointed in May but actually took command in Dec 1941)|
|1941||A/Adm||KCB - 1st July1941- HM's birthday 41|
|10th Dec 1941||Far East (KIA) - Plymouth Naval Memorial|
War Graves Commission record:
In Memory of
Sir TOM SPENCER VAUGHAN PHILLIPS KCB
H.M.S. Prince of Wales, Royal Navy
who died on
Wednesday 10 December 1941. Age 53 .
Additional Information: Son of Colonel Thomas Vaughan Wynn Phillips, Royal Artillery, and Louisa Mary Adeline de Horsey Phillips.
Husband of Lady Phillips, of Bude, Cornwall.
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Devon, United Kingdom
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 44, Column 2.