Harold William Philpott

Name

Harold William Philpott
1891

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

15/09/1916
25

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
2226
London Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier and Face 9D, 9C, 13C and 12C
France

Headstone

>N/A

UK Memorials

Ayot St Peter Memorial, St Peter's Church Roll of Honour, Ayot St Peter

Pre War

Harold William Philpott was born in 1891 in New Barnet, Herts, the eldest son of William and Louisa Philpott.


On the 1901 Census the family were living at  3 Approach Road, New Barnet, where his father was a gas stoker.  They remained in New Barnet in 1911 but had moved to Clifton Cottage, Victoria Road and Harold was working as Railway Porter for Great Northern Railway.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in Sun Street, Finsbury Square in the City of London, the headquarters of the 3rd City of London Volunteer Rifle Corps, the origin of the 7th Battalion, London Regiment. His service number suggests he joined the Volunteer Rifle Corps in late 1912. 


He arrived in France on 18 August 1915 and was killed in action during the Battle of Flers-Courcellette at High Wood, but his body was not recovered for burial, or not identified. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. 

Additional Information

His mother received a war gratuity of £7 and pay owing of £2 3s 5d, as well as a pension of 5 shillings a week from 11 December 1917. His father was born in Codicote, Herts. He was cousin to Randall Harwood also named on the Ayot St Peter Memorial.

Acknowledgments

Brenda Palmer
www.ayotstpeter.com