In memory, Phillip EdwardsNews
We are very sad to report the death on 12 December of Emeritus Fellow, Rear Admiral Phillip Edwards CB LVO.
Following a full career as an officer in the Royal Navy, Phillip Edwards was appointed Wadham's Domestic Bursar from 1983 to 1994. This was followed by a period as Development Director. He was a founding member of the Development Council.
Extracts from the eulogy at Phillip Edwards' funeral.
Rear Admiral J Phillip Edwards CB LVO was born and bred in an all Welsh environment. In 1942, at the age of 15, he started as a Royal Naval Reserve cadet in the training ship HMS Conway; two years later winning a cadet ship at the Royal Naval College at Eaton Hall, Chester – located there while Dartmouth was being used as a base for D Day.
From late 1944 he spent four years (apart from nine months at sea) studying at the engineering College at Plymouth, where he was awarded the King’s Sword. He returned to sea in 1948 as Lieutenant in the aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance. He saw some action in the Far East. For the next 23 years his career progressed with alternate appointments at sea and ashore; in total serving in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, two cruisers, four destroyers, a frigate; and, last but not least, he spent what he describes as ‘two glorious years’ in Her Majesty’s Yacht, HMS Britannia, as Commander ‘Engineering’ which involved two long trips to the Pacific and the Antipodes. He then spent a happy two years with the Royal Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia, accompanied by his young family. He was promoted to Captain in 1971, and Rear Admiral in 1979, and in 1980 became Director General of Fleet Support (Policy and Services). During the Falklands War he had particular responsibility for the logistic aspects of the campaign (a huge burden of responsibility), and afterwards for evaluating the lessons learnt. He was made Lieutenant of the Victorian Order in 1970, and ADC to the Queen in 1980. In 1983 he was made Companion of the Order of the Bath, and retired from the Royal Navy. He was Liveryman of the worshipful Company of Engineers, and a Freeman of the City of London.
After retirement he began a new career, becoming Domestic Bursar of Wadham College; and between 1988 and 1994 he was Chairman of the University’s Committee of Domestic Bursars. On retiring, again, in 1994 he was made an Emeritus Fellow of the College (with an honorary Oxford MAS degree), but continued to serve as Development Director for a further five years.
Phillip and his family lived on Boars Hill since 1984, and Phil became fully involved in local affairs. He was a leading figure in the Boars Hill Association; he was Chairman for 17 years of the Oxford Preservation Trust, and became a Vice President, he was President of Oxfordshire North SSAFFA, and of the Sea Cadets based at Donnington Bridge, and of the local Royal Naval Officers Association. Not least, he was a member of the golf club known as Earwigs (Elderly and Retired with it Gentleman’s Society).
Services of Interment and Thanksgiving
A Service of Interment was held on Friday 19 December at 2pm at the Parish Church of St Peter, Wootton, Boar's Hill, OX1 5JL.
There will also be a Service of Thanksgiving in Wadham College Chapel on Friday 13 February - Phillip's Birthday - at 2pm.
The Service of Interment is open to all but since space is limited at St Peter's, those wishing to pay their respects may wish to attend the Thanksgiving Service in preference.
Parish Church of St Peter, Wootton, Boar's Hill, OX1 5JL