Philip Wheeldon

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The Right Reverend
Philip Wheeldon
Former Bishop of Whitby & Kimberley and Kuruman
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of York
Installed 1954
Predecessor Walter Baddeley
Other posts Bishop of Whitby & Kimberley and Kuruman, Chaplain to the Forces, Fourth Class, Prebendary of Wells Cathedral, Assistant Bishop at Worcester & Wakefield
Ordination 1954
Consecration c. 1954
Personal details
Born 1913
Died 11 July 1992(1992-07-11) (aged 79)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Philip William Wheeldon OBE (1913–1992) was the fourth Bishop of Whitby[1] and twice Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman.[2]


He was educated at Clifton College and then at Downing College, Cambridge, the college frequented by the family. He was ordained in 1938. He sat for a number of portraits which are now housed in the National Portrait Gallery, London.[3]

After a Curacy at Farnham[4] he was commissioned as Chaplain to the Forces, Fourth Class on 12 October 1939,[5] and served throughout the Second World War. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 24 January 1946,[6] for his service as Deputy Assistant Chaplain General to XII Corps from November 1944 (with the rank of Chaplain to the Forces, Second Class) in the Queen's Birthday Honours, and presented to him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[7]

Whitby Abbey, the seat of the Bishop of Whitby

When peace came he was successively chaplain to the Archbishop of York,[8] General Secretary of the Central Advisory Council on Training for the Ministry and finally Prebendary of Wells Cathedral.

In this post he served as the attendant of the Archbishop of York in the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II before elevation to the Episcopate in October 1954.[9] This was just prior to this Enthronement in 1954, as Bishop of Whitby.

After 7 years at Whitby he was translated to Kimberley and Kuruman in South Africa. He served twice as Bishop, retiring once through ill-health but returning when his successor Clarence Edward Crowther was deported. In retirement he served as an Assistant Bishop, firstly in the Diocese of Worcester and latterly at Wakefield.

In 1992, he died and his death was recorded by obituaries in the Telegraph and the Times newspapers.


  1. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 9 November 1954; p. 10; Issue 53084; col C New Bishop of Whitby
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 11 December 1967; p. 14; Issue 57121; col E New Bishop of Kimberley
  3. ^
  4. ^ Who's Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  5. ^ "(Supplement) no. 34715". The London Gazette. 20 October 1939. p. 7113. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 37442". The London Gazette. 20 October 1939. pp. 616–618. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Recommendations for Honours and Awards (Army)—Image details—Wheeldon, Philip William" (fee usually required to view full pdf of original recommendation). DocumentsOnline. The National Archives. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  8. ^ Crockford's,(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  9. ^ "no. 40313". The London Gazette. 29 October 1954. p. 6124. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Walter Hubert Baddeley
Bishop of Whitby
1954 – 1961
Succeeded by
George D'Oyly Snow
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
John Boys
Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Clarence Edward Crowther
Preceded by
Clarence Edward Crowther
Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman
2nd spell

1968 – 1976
Succeeded by
Graham Charles Chadwick