Sir Richard Phillimore
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
|Born||23 December 1864|
|Died||8 November 1940 75) (aged|
|Years of service||1878–1929|
|Commands held||HMS Mohawk|
2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron
1st Battle Cruiser Squadron
World War I
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Phillimore was born the son of Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore, and educated at Westminster School. He joined the Royal Navy in 1878, was promoted to lieutenant on 20 August 1886, and to commander on 1 January 1899. He was posted to HMS Goliath on 27 March 1900, her first commission, and joined her to the China Station where she took part in the response to the Boxer Rebellion later in 1900. He was given command of HMS Mohawk in 1903 and then led the Naval Brigade Machine Guns in Somaliland the next year. He was then given command of HMS Juno in 1907, HMS Aboukir in 1909 and the battlecruiser HMS Inflexible in 1911.
He served in World War I as Commander of the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron and then as Principal Beach Master for the landings at Cape Helles in the Dardanelles in April 1915. He went on to be liaison officer to the Imperial Russian Headquarters in 1915 and Commander of the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet in 1916. He was then made Admiral commanding the Aircraft of the Grand Fleet in 1917 and took part in Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in November 1917.
After the war, he was appointed President of the Postwar Questions Committee and then commanded the Reserve Fleet from 1920. He was made Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1923. He was First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V from 1928 and retired in 1929.
- Sir Richard Phillimore at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 25620". The London Gazette. 27 August 1886. p. 4176.
- "No. 27040". The London Gazette. 6 January 1899. p. 84.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36083). London. 7 March 1900. p. 10.
- The Dreadnought Project: Richard Phillimore
J de M Hutchison
| Officer Commanding HMS Juno
May 1907 - May 1909
H J O Millar
Sir Henry Oliver
| Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Sir Douglas Nicholson
Sir Montague Browning
| Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Sir Rudolph Bentinck
Sir Arthur Leveson
| First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Sir William Goodenough