Philip Somerville DSO, DSC, RN

Born  5 Dec 1906
Died  4 Apr 1942(35)HMS Kingston


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Ranks

1 May 1927 A/S.Lt.
16 Nov 1927 S.Lt.
16 Apr 1929 Lt.
16 Apr 1937 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.

Decorations

23 Dec 1939 DSO
11 Feb 1941 DSC
8 Jan 1942 Bar to DSC
8 Sep 1942 Bar to DSO (posthumous)

Warship Commands listed for Philip Somerville, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Kingston (F 64)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer22 Jul 19394 Apr 1942 (+)

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Kingston (F 64)


22 May 1941
HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) rescued survivors of the British destroyer Greyhound that was lost to air attack off Crete.

9 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2030/9 the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Haifa for a night patrol off Syria. They returned to Haifa around 0620/10. (1)

9 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (2)

10 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.

They departed later the same day for Alexandria escorting the RFA Fleet tanker Derwentdale (8398 GRT, built 1941) which was loaded with motor landing craft. (2)

11 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The RFA Fleet tanker Derwentdale (8398 GRT, built 1941), and her escorting destroyers, HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN), arrived at Alexandria. (2)

25 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is undocked from No.2 Dock at Malta. (3)

22 Mar 1942
Engaged Italian naval forces at the Second Battle of the Syrte, sustaining severe damage from a hit scored by battleship Littorio. The hit caused a large fire in a boiler room and flooding of an engine room. She went dead in the water, but later the crew was able to bring the fire under control and she got underway for Malta on one boiler, arriving next day and entering dock for repairs.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/114752
  2. ADM 199/650 + ADM 199/2558
  3. ADM 53/116424

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


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