PHILLIPS, Smith Charles Albert "Bert"
|Name:||Phillips||Smith Charles Albert "Bert"|
|Rank:||Able Seaman||Service Number:||J6999|
|Date Joined:||ca. 1910||Date Discharged:||1923|
Bert Phillips had an adventurous career in the Royal Navy, joining the submarine service in 1910, when the service was still in it's infancy. He served initially in B and D class submarines and qualified as a Leading Torpedo Man. In 1915 he was in the submarine E9, based at a Russian port in the Baltic, when she intercepted the large German cruiser Prinz Adalbert with Bert firing the torpedo that sank her. While operating in the Baltic, the submarine sunk eight merchant ships. For his exploits Bert was awarded the Russian Order of St George. By 1916 he had returned to the United Kingdom, now serving in the submarine E18, where in part of the operations around the Battle of Jutland, his submarine suffered an engine malfunction and was forced to surface. German aircraft bombed bombed her and Phillips was blown into the water, spending four hours there. He came to New Zealand in 1921 as part of the ship's company of HMS Chatham. Taking his discharge ashore in 1923, he spent his final years farming in Dannevirke.
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