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Philp, Claude Hastings George

Captain Claude Hastings George Philp, M.B., R.A.M.C., attached Manchester Regiment, who fell in action on March 26 at the age of 32, was the son of Mr Hastings Philp, 3 Wood Lane Crescent, Falmouth. He was at St John's College, Cambridge and at St Thomas's Hospital and went to Hereford in 1913 as House Surgeon at the County hospital and in 1914 joined Doctor J H Lilley of Hereford as his partner. Dr. Philp joined the RAMC in January 1916 and was sent to India, but was invalided home with enteric. In March 1917 he went to France where he served at first with the ammunition column of the 42nd Division, and afterwards joined the Manchester's with whom he was serving when he was killed while attending the wounded under heavy shell fire. His Colonel writes "he was killed by a shell as he was in the act of tending a wounded man. We feel we have lost a great friend from our family whom it will be impossible to replace.... We were all so glad to see your husband back to us again ..... and at present can hardly understand he is gone. His bravery and devotion to duty in tending the wounded were beyond all praise" The Captain of the regiment who was with Captain Philp when he was killed says of him in a letter "he was busy all the Monday and he successfully got away all our wounded before we were ordered to retire ..... we were all very fond of him to me he was a real companion; we lived and worked together in many delightful and strenuous times; I shall miss him much" Captain Philp was married and leaves a widow and one son. The Times 26 April 1918

Biographical

Surname(s)Philp
First name(s)Claude Hastings George
Family detailsSon of Hastings Philp, of Falmouth; husband of Margaret E Philp, of 163, Banbury Rd, Oxford
Previous educationSt. John's College, Cambridge
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1907-1912
Dept / course2nd M.B.
QualificationsB.A. 1907, M.D. Cantab., M.B., & B.C. 1912.
Military unitR.A.M.C., Manchester Regt. attd. 1st/7th Bn.
Date enlisted1916
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death26 March 1918
Age at death32
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeBeaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas de Calais, France
Commemoration(s)Bledington, Gloucs. Active Service Roll; St. John's, Cambridge Roll of Honour, St. Thomas's Roll of Honour
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times

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