Herbert George Phipps

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Sapper

Service No:           41633

Unit:                     66th Field Company Royal Engineers

 

Herbert was born in St George, Bristol in 1886, his parents George & Alice Phipps, his father was a builder on his own account.  A 15 year old in 1901 he was a masons apprentice living with his parents & 6 siblings at 10 Ebineezer Street St. George Bristol.  Early in 1908 Herbert married Emma Hopes and later that year daughter Doris May is born another daughter Gwendoline Maud is born in 1910. In 1911 the family were living at 35 Cossham Street St. George Bristol.

Herbert enlists in Bristol and he enters service with the Royal Engineers. With 66th Field Company he is attached to the 10th (Irish) Division. The Division came into existence as a result of Army Order No. 324, issued on 21 August 1914, which authorised the formation of the six new Divisions of K1. It was formed of volunteers, under the administration of Irish Command. After initial training at the regimental depots, the units of the Division moved in 1915 to the Curragh, Newbridge and Kildare, where training in Brigade strength began. On 27 June, the Division received orders to prepare for service at Gallipoli. Divisional HQ embarked at Liverpool on 9 July 1915, and by the end of the month most units had assembled on Lemnos. On 6-7 August 1915 the Division landed at Suvla Bay.

Herbert’s medal card says that he entered the war theatre on 7th July 1915 by the 17th of the following month it is reported that Sapper Herbert George Phipps had died of wounds at sea.

Herbert is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328

 
Image by kind permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.   

Herbert was awarded the 1914-15 Star, The British war Medal & The Victory Medal.

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK census

The Long, Long Trail

Medal Index Card

Soldiers Died n the Great War