Philip Lionel Saumarez DSC, RN

Born  18 Sep 1904
Died   1995(90)


15 Jan 1925 A/S.Lt.
15 Jul 1925 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1926 Lt.
15 Oct 1934 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1940 Cdr.
31 Dec 1947 Capt.

Retired: 5 Nov 1956


23 Dec 1939 DSC
11 Sep 1940 Bar to DSC
13 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Philip Lionel Saumarez, RN

HMS Ilex (D 61)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 Jan 193830 Dec 1940
HMS Queenborough (G 70)Cdr.DestroyerSep 194428 Oct 1945

Career information

As a junior officer he became a submariner, later transferring to destroyers. His first command was HMS Wolfhound. Following HMS Ilex, he joined CinC Home Fleet's staff. He then in 1943 joined the Plans Division in the Admiralty to work on the Naval Plans ffor D Day. Subsequently he joined HMS Scylla (Capt Brownrigg RN), the Invasion Naval headquarters ship as the executive officer. HMS Scylla was crippled by a mine in July 1944 and was then scrapped. He went in command to the Queenborough for the last 8 months of the Pacific War. He was promoted as Captain in 1947 and commanded the "Rhine Flotilla" based in Cuxhaven. He last seagoing command was Captain(D) of the 8th Destroyer Flotilla in HMS Crispin. His last appointment was director of the Naval Tactical School at Woolwich. On leaving the Navy, he worked in Armstrong Whitworth, later (Hawker-Syddley) and was involved in development of the Seaslug anti-aircraft missile for the County class destroyers. On final retirement, he moved to Guernsey, the origin of the Saumarez family and became a cabinet maker of some distinction. He died in 1995, aged 91.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Ilex (D 61)

13 Oct 1939 (position 49.12, -16.00)
German U-boat U-42 was sunk south-west of Ireland, in position 49°12'N, 16°00'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Imogen (Cdr. E.B.K. Stevens, RN) and HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN).

14 Oct 1939
HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN) picks up all survivors from the British merchant Lochavon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-45 about 230 miles southwest of Fastnet in position 50°25'N, 13°10'W.

14 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The French merchant Bretagne was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-45 about 230 miles south-west of Fastnet. The survivors were later picked up by HMS Imogen (Cdr. E.B.K. Stevens, RN) and HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN).

18 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, RN) picks up one survivor from the British destroyer HMS Daring that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-23 about 40 nautical miles east of the Pentland Firth in position 58°40'N, 01°35'W.

27 Jun 1940 (position 33.26, 27.27)
The Italian submarine Console Generale Liuzzi was scuttled south-east of Crete in position 33°36'N, 27°27'E after being depth charged by the British destroyers HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN), HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN).

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