war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Attestation of
William James Philpott.
Dover, Kent. Age 20 years 3 months.
Occupation - messenger.
Enlisted 17 March 1905 at Dover. Royal Sussex Regiment.
Religion, Salvation Army

Record Office.
2nd April 1913.
Notified for your information that 8210 Pte. W. J. Philpott, section B Army Reserve, Royal Sussex Regiment, has been granted permission to proceed to Canada per SS Pretoria on 16 March 1913 for the purpose of taking up his residence in that country

Authority Col i/c records dated 15 October 1912.
I agree to be transferred to the Army Reserve at anytime after my arrival in the United Kingdom in accordance with the terms of War Office No. 115/AR/ general number 676. Dated 6/6/12. Hounslow 3/9/12.
Signed W. J. Philpott. Pte.
Certified true copy

No. 8210 - Pte W. Philpott. 1/Royal Sussex Regiment.
With reference to your letter of the 14 August 1912 applying for permission to reside in Canada, you are directed to fill in and sign the declaration below marked "A" and return to me as early as possible. You must not quit the United Kingdom until you have been granted leave to do so from this office. Whilst abroad you must keep me informed as to any change of address

No. 10 District Hounslow.
Name of vessel - SS Pretoria.
Date of embarkation 16/3/1913.
Signature of reservist William James Philpott.

Killed in action Givenchy, 27/1/15

1901 census at 55, Wyndham Road, Dover, Kent.
James Philpott age 37, occupation coal labourer, born Kent Faversham.
Esther M. age 38, born Kent, Dover.
William J. age 16, occupation, grocer's assistant, Kent, Dover.
Annie E. age 14, occupation servant domestic, Kent Dover.
Arthur E. age 7, Kent, Dover.
Florence E. age 4, Kent Dover.
Ernest G. age 2, Kent Dover

"The Call to Canadians"
 The Christmas Expositor, December 1915, Brantford, Canada. They Died for the Flag.
Pte. William J. Philpott, reservist of the Royal Sussex regiment, was killed at Givenchy

Also commemorated on the Brantford Memorial, Ontario, Canada


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