Henry Pridham-Wippell

Sir Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell[1]

Admiral Pridham-Wippell, centre, aboard HM Submarine Torbay in Alexandria Harbour, May 1942. Torbay's Commander, Anthony Miers, is at right.
Born (1885-08-12)12 August 1885
Bromley, Kent
Died 2 April 1952(1952-04-02) (aged 66)
Kingsdown, Deal, Kent
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1900-1948
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Enterprise (9 Jun 1928-Apr 1930)
HMS Campbell & Captain (D), 6th Destroyer Flotilla
Director of Operations Division (Dec 1933-Jul 1935)
Home Fleet Destroyer Flotillas (Mar 1936-Feb 1938)
Force B & Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet (Nov 1940-Feb 1941)
1st Battle Squadron & Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet (1941)
Flag Officer Commanding Dover (1 Aug 1942 – 10 Jul 1945)
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth (27 Nov 1945-1947)
Battles/wars World War I
- Gallipoli
World War II
- Cape Matapan
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Royal Victorian Order
Mentioned in despatches (1919)
Greek Medal of Military Merit (1941)
Order of the Nile, 4th class (1918)

Admiral Sir Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell, KCB, CB, CVO, (12 August 1885 2 April 1952) was a Royal Navy officer who served in World War I and World War II.

Early life

Educated at The Limes, Greenwich and at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Pridham-Wippell joined the Royal Navy in 1900.[2] He served in World War I in ships of the Grand Fleet.[2] He took charge of the destroyers at Gallipoli in 1915 and served on the Adriatic and Palestine coasts from 1916.[2]

He was made Captain of HMS Enterprise in 1928 and Commander of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet in 1932.[2] He went on to be Director of the Operations Division at the Admiralty in 1933 and Commander of the Home Fleet Destroyer Flotillas in 1936.[2] He went on to be Director of Personal Services at the Admiralty in 1938.[2]

Memorial in Exeter Cathedral

He served in World War II as Commander of the 1st Battle Squadron in the Mediterranean from July 1940.[2] He was knighted for his part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in the Mediterranean in March 1941 and was a survivor of the sinking of the battleship HMS Barham in November 1941.[3] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Dover in 1942.[2]

After the War he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.[2] He retired in 1948.[2]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Cunliffe
Commander-in-Chief, Dover
Succeeded by
Henry Bousfield
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Leatham
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Burnett
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