Philip Hordern

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Captain (retired) Philip Hordern, R.N. (22 October, 1885 – 26 April, 1950) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Rangoon the son of a man retired after a career in the Indian Civil Service.

Hordern was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June, 1906.

Hordern was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 June, 1914. He was appointed to Canopus as gunnery officer for the Test Mobilisation and remained in this role until she paid off on 5 May, 1916. After some time at Excellent, he was appointed to Caledon to be her gunnery officer upon her commissioning.

Hordern switched to Cardiff as gunnery officer in June 1917.

On 15 April, 1918, Hordern was appointed to the battlecruiser Inflexible, though not as her gunnery officer.


Hordern was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1919.

Hordern was placed on the Retitred List at his own request at the rank of Captain on 2 November, 1931.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur A. Scott
Captain of H.M. T.B. 51
1 Nov, 1906[1] – 4 Nov, 1907
Succeeded by
Wilfrid G. H. Cree
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 051
Preceded by
Vincent B. Cardwell
Captain of H.M.S. Veronica
1 Sep, 1924[2] – 14 Apr, 1926
Succeeded by
Rodolph H. F. De Salis
Preceded by
Andrew Browne Cunningham
Captain of H.M.S. Calcutta
13 Dec, 1927 – 15 Aug, 1928
Succeeded by
Thomas G. Harrison
Preceded by
Alfred E. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Birmingham
18 Sep, 1928 – early 1929
Succeeded by
Leonard S. Holbrook
Preceded by
Claude L. Bate
Captain of H.M.S. Ark Royal
1 Feb, 1929 – 30 Apr, 1931
Succeeded by
Ambrose T. N. Abbay
Preceded by
Eric R. Corson
as Captain in Charge, Harwich
Naval Officer in Charge, Harwich
28 Sep, 1938 – 7 Oct, 1938
Succeeded by
Francis H. W. Goolden
as Flag Officer in Command, Harwich
Preceded by
Basil C. B. Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Curlew
16 Feb, 1940 – 26 Apr, 1940
Succeeded by
Basil C. B. Brooke


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 281.