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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Admiral Sir Thomas 'Tom' Spencer Vaughan Phillips GBE, KCB, DSO (19 February 1888 - 10 December 1941) had a successful career in the Royal Navy. He was nicknamed 'Tom Thumb' owing to his short stature. He is best known for his command of Force Z during the Japanese invasion of Malaya, where he went down with his flagship, the battleship HMS Prince of Wales.Phillips was the son of Colonel Thomas Vaughan Wynn Phillips, Royal Artillery. His mother, Louisa Mary Adeline de Horsey Phillips, was daughter of Admiral Sir Algernon Frederick Rous de Horsey.