Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII, Philip Hitchcock, Leading Stoker 1st Class, HMS Alacrity.
Born on 1st May 1870 in Stoke, Devonport, Devon.
He joined the Navy on 1st May 1889, his 19th Birthday.
He served on many ships throughout his career rising from Stoker 2nd Class to Stoker Petty Officer, having served 19 years he was discharged on 9th July 1908 suffering from “disease of ears”.
He earned his LSandGC medal on 1st July 1904 whilst serving as Leading Stoker 1s Class aboard HMS Alacrity, which he served aboard from 7th May 1904 until 20th November 1905.
His award was announced in the Portsmouth Evening news on 16th August 1904.
He joined the R.F.R. and was brought back for WW1 joining HMS Prince George on 2nd August 1914 as Stoker Petty Officer, serving with her until 14th March 1916, during his time on Prince George they were sent to the Mediterranean in Early 1915 to support the Dardanelles Campaign, taking part in bombardments of Turkish forts and supporting the allied operations at Gallipoli, including the evacuation in late 1915.
Following her return to England he served at the Shore Establishment Vivid II until 20th September 1916 when he was invalided out of service suffering from Chronic Deafness.
With copy service papers and announcement in the Portsmouth News.