Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore KCB

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Augustus Phillimore

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: November 25, 1897 (75)
Botley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Phillimore and Elizabeth Phillimore
Husband of Harriet Eleanor Phillimore
Father of Admiral Sir Richard Fortescue Phillimore GCB KCMG MVO; John Swinnerton Phillimore; George Grenville Phillimore; Violet Elizabeth Annie Phillimore; Charles Augustus Phillimore and 2 others
Brother of Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore, 1st Baronet; Greville Phillimore and John George Phillimore

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About Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore KCB

Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore KCB (24 May 1822 – 25 November 1897) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth. He is creditted with first proposing the creation of a modern naval dockyard in Gibraltar.

Early life

Phillimore was born on 24 May 1822 at Whitehall in Westminster, London the son of Joseph Phillimore later a professor of civil law at Oxford and his wife Elizabeth. He was educated at Westminster before joining the Royal Navy College at Portsmouth.

Naval career

Phillimore joined the Royal Navy in 1835. He served in the Carlist Wars and in the First Opium War. Promoted Commander in 1852, he was given command of HMS Medea in 1853 and, promoted Captain in 1855, he commanded HMS Curacoa and then HMS Defence.

He was appointed Senior officer at Jamaica in 1868 and then Senior officer at Gibraltar in 1869 when he would have stayed in The Mount (Gibraltar). In 1871 he made the proposal that a new naval dockyard should be constructed in Gibraltar. Phillimore's scheme lied dormant in the Admiralty for 22 years before it was put to Parliament in 1895. The idea was to take five years and just under £1.5m pounds. In 1896 the scheme was further extended with the creation of new moles and three dry docks and a new budget of £4.5m pounds. The transformation was large and the government were still passing enabling legislation in 1905. Today the docks are known as Gibdock.

Phillimore became Second-in-command of the Channel Squadron in January 1876 and Superintendent of the Royal Naval Reserve in November 1876.[1] Promoted Admiral in October 1884, he was made Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in December 1884.[1] He retired in 1887.

Family In 1864 he married Harriet Eleanor Fortescue; they had three sons (including Admiral Sir Richard Phillimore) and one daughter.

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Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore KCB's Timeline

May 24, 1822
London, United Kingdom
December 23, 1864
Age 42
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Age 44
Age 50
Liskeard, Cornwall
November 25, 1897
Age 75
Botley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom