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The following obituary for Augustus Phillimore appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary from the Times newspaper
26 November 1897

Admiral Sir A. Phillimore.

Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore, K.C.B., died at his residence, Shedfield-house, near Botley, yesterday. He had been in failing health for some time. He was the son of Mr. Joseph Phillimore, M.P., D.C.L., Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, by Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Walter Bagot, brother of the first Lord Bagot. He was brother of the late Sir Robert Phillimore, Bart., Judge of the Admiralty High Court and Court of Arches, and uncle of Sir Walter Phillimore, the present baronet.

Sir Augustas Phillimore was born in 1822, and educated at Westminster and the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth. He entered the Navy in April, 1835, and as mate of the Endymion, served in China, including the operations in the Yang-tsze-kiang, which terminated with the peace of Nanking, and the opening of the treaty ports in 1842. For this service he received the China medal. His successful exertions in raising men for the Russian war were highly praised by Sir James Graham in moving the Naval Estimates. He commanded the Medea in the West Indies, receiving the special approval of the Admiralty for proceeding to Porte Rico when a rising was attempted, and preventing an attack from filibusters. He also received the thanks of the Spanish Captain-General and the Admiral for his service. He was Commodore at Port Royal from February, 1868, to December, 1869, where he anticipated the orders of the Government in proceeding to Cuba, where very serious complications were taking place, arising from the insurrection there. His next appointment was as Senior Naval Officer at Gibraltar from 1869 to 1872, in special recognition of his services in Cuba, and during the civil war in Haiti. He held the positions of second in command of the Channel Squadron from January 1, 1876, to May 16, 1877; and of Admiral-Superintendent of the Royal Naval Reserve from November 13, 1876, to December, 1879, receiving the approval of the Admiralty for his services in the latter appointment. He served on many departmental committees; and among other literary work translated the French Regulations for Naval Tactics; and wrote a life of Admiral Sir William Parker. His last active employment was in the Devonport command, which he held from December, 1884, to May, 1887. In June, 1887, he was created K.C.B., being included in the list of Jubilee honours. He was F.R.G.S., a J.P. for Hampshire, and a governor of the Marine Society.

Sir Augustus Phillimore married in 1864 Harriet Eleanor, daughter of the Hon. G.M. Fortescue, M.P., fourth son of the third Earl Fortescue; and among his children are Richard Fortescue Phillimore, now Gunnery-Lieutenant in the Blenheim; and Lieutenant Valentine E.B. Phillimore, now serving in the Magnificent.


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