Born 16 June 1888, younger son of P.S. Phillips, Crumlin Hall, Monmouthshire. He married in 1933 Mrs Ellinor Curtis, daughter of Capt. Glen Kidston (the marriage was dissolved in 1950); there was one son. Phillips was educated at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He was awarded the D.S.O. and bar during World War I. In 1927 he became Chief Staff Officer to the Rear Admiral of Submarines. From 1935 to 1937 he was Second Naval Member of the Commonwealth Naval Board. From 1937 to 1938 he was Chief of Staff and Maintenance Captain, the Nore. He was placed on the Retired List as captain in 1938. The following year he was appointed A.D.C. to the King. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939 he was recalled to active service in the rank of Rear Admiral and served first as Flag Officer, Milford Haven and later as Senior British Naval Officer, Trinidad. He retired finally in 1945 and was appointed C.B. He was Deputy Lieutenant for Breconshire. He lived at Woodberry Cottage, Itchester, Sussex, and died 27 February 1960 at Chichester hospital.
Published date: 2001
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