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Selwyn Victor Jephson
Born 24 May 1900
Died 6 November 1976(1976-11-06) (aged 76)
Place of birth Beaminster, Dorset, England
Place of death Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1916–1950
Rank Captain
Commands held HMS Mackay
HMS Southdown
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Order of Polonia Restituta
Family William Jephson (father)

Selwyn Victor Jephson (24 May 1900 – 6 November 1978) was an English first-class cricketer and Royal Navy officer.

Early life and naval career[]

Jephson was born at Beaminster in May 1900 to Mary Margaret Jephson and her husband, the cricketer William Jephson. In May 1913, he was accepted into the Royal Naval College, Osborne.[1] He completed his naval training in 1916, entering service with the rank of Midshipman.[2] He was made an Acting Sub Lieutenant in May 1918,[2] with full promotion Sub Lieutenant following in February 1919.[3] Selwyn debuted for Dorset in minor counties cricket in 1920.[4] He was made a Lieutenant in February 1921,[5] He made his debut in first-class cricket for the Royal Navy Cricket Club against the Army at Lord's in 1924.[6] He played a further three first-class matches for the Royal Navy, against the touring New Zealanders at Portsmouth in 1927, and in two inter-services matches in 1928 against the Army and the Royal Air Force.[6] He scored 49 runs in his four first-class matches,[7] and took six wickets.[8] Having held the rank of Lieutenant for seven years, Jephson was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in June 1928.[9] His naval commitments limited his availability to play minor counties cricket for Dorset, with Jephson making seven appearances in the Minor Counties Championship from 1920–1931.[4]

Later naval career and WWII[]

He married Gertrude Margaret Hambro in September 1933, with the couple later having one daughter.[10] The following year in June, he was promoted to Commander.[11] During World War II, Jephson was promoted to Captain,[12] and in December 1942 he received the Order of Polonia Restituta for services to the Polish Navy in exile.[13] He commanded HMS Mackay from July 1942 to November 1943, and briefly was seconded to command HMS Southdown from August–September 1942.[2] He retired from service in January 1950, and was placed on the retired list.[14] Prior to his retirement, he had served as the Naval Aide-de-camp to George VI.[15] He died at Salisbury in November 1978, having lived in Hambledon, Hampshire for some years prior to his death.[10]


  1. "Royal Naval College, Osborne." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Apr 01, 1913; pg. 16; Issue 40174.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Selwyn Victor Jephson, RN". Retrieved 2018-10-04. 
  3. "No. 31162". 4 February 1919. p. 1979. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Selwyn Jephson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-10-05. 
  5. "No. 32232". 18 February 1921. p. 1372. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "First-Class Matches played by Selwyn Jephson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-10-05. 
  7. "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Selwyn Jephson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-10-05. 
  8. "First-class Bowling For Each Team by Selwyn Jephson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-10-05. 
  9. "No. 33395". 19 June 1928. p. 4182. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Profile: Selwyn Victor Jephson". Retrieved 2018-10-05. 
  11. "No. 34066". 3 July 1934. p. 4226. 
  12. "No. 35213". 8 July 1941. p. 3922. 
  13. "No. 35833". 22 December 1942. p. 5569. 
  14. "No. 38830". 3 February 1950. p. 595. 
  15. "No. 38985". 4 August 1950. p. 4007. 

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