Philip Somerville DSO, DSC, RN

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

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


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

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

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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.

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.

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