Philip Falle

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePhilip Vernon le Geyt•Falle
Used namePhilip•Falle
Nick/petnamesThe Admiral
Born19 March 1885 in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal (IND)
Died2 January 1936 in Gibraltar (GIB)
NOC Great Britain


Philip Falle, known as “The Admiral”, finished seventh in the 8-metre open class aboard Feo at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, along with Tom Riggs, Thomas Skinner and the three Roney siblings Margaret (the owner of Feo), Esmond, and Ernest,

The son of a captain in the Royal Indian Navy, Falle was born in Calcutta but spent most of his life in Jersey. He joined the Royal Jersey Militia in 1901 and two years later, the Royal Army Service Corps. He served in Somaliland, and in 1916 was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) for his work in France during World War I. Falle later moved to Gibraltar where he was in command of Supply and Transport Services for the territory. When he retired he had reached the rank of lieutenant-colonel and had been mentioned in dispatches four times.

On 10 December 1930, Falle was appointed the recording officer for Jersey but it was not a popular appointment by the residents who felt the post should go to a local person. Following protests, Falle turned down the post five days after being appointed.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Sailing GBR Philip Falle
8 metres, Open (Olympic) Feo 7