PHIPPEN, Henry George

Lieutenant, 4th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment

Born

November 1891.
Son of the late Albert Henry Phippen of Easton in Gordano, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Ada (decd) Ward of Edward Meade-King of Bristol.

Education

Blundell's School, “Old House” from the age of 12, September 1904 – Summer 1910.

Trench Diaries

The 4th Bn., (City of Bristol) Gloucestershire Regiment were part of 144th Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. The Battalion were in reserve south of Sailly-au-Bois on the 1st July, moving forward at 8am to Mailly-Maillet. They saw active service at Ovillers (15th July), Poziers ( 22nd to 24th July), Beauval (29th July), Puchvilliers (10th August) and on 16th August A and D companies attacked Skyline trench at 2am meeting with bombes, heavy rifle and machine gun fire making it difficult to either advance or withdraw. They attacked Leipzig Redoubt on 21st August and were then sent to Auchonvillers sector (Mary Redan and Y ravine). By 3rd October they were in trenches opposite Gommecourt, on 20th October to Warlincourt, back to Albert on the 31st October, Bazentine-Le Petit on the 2nd November, Martinpuich on the 5th, Le Sars on the 7th, and Contalmaison on the 9th November 1916.

Death

9th November 1916, aged 24.
Died of wounds, Somme, France.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave I. Y. 4, Becourt Military Cemetery.
The cemetery was begun in August 1915 by the 51st Highland Division and carried on by the 18th and other divisions in the line until 1916 when it was used chiefly by field ambulances until the end of August 1918.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50° 00’ 13.7”N 002° 41’ 02.6”E.
The family chose not to have a motto inscribed on the headstone.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew:  WO 339/53965 and Medal rolls WO 372/15
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.5021
“Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France” (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/511
“British Battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) p 134, Pen and Sword
Field visit (JEA & GRY 28/7/2006)

 

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