Poppy Percival Henry PHIPPS (1893–1915) Poppy

See also Percival’s younger brother, Albert Frederick Phipps

Percival Phipps
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Percival Henry Phipps was born at Wolvercote in 1893, the son of Henry Phipps (born in Eynsham in c.1860) and Sarah Ann Harper (born in Eynsham in c.1870). Percival’s parents were married in the Witney registration district in the third quarter of 1891, and had nine children:

  • Percival Henry Phipps (born in Upper Wolvercote on 5 August 1893 and baptised there on 8 October 1893)
  • Edith Mary Emma Phipps (born in Wolvercote on 23 January 1896 and baptised there on 15 March 1896)
  • Albert Frederick Phipps (born in Wolvercote on 18 February 1898 and baptised there on 10 April 1898)
  • Ernest Edward Phipps (born in Wolvercote on 17 November 1899 and baptised there on 24 December 1899)
  • Alfred Cyril Phipps (born in Wolvercote and baptised there on 24 August 1902; died aged 1 in the Woodstock registration district in the third quarter of 1903)
  • Arthur George Phipps (born in Oxford on 2 July 1904 and baptised at
    St Margaret’s Church on 14 August 1904)
  • Winifred Margaret Phipps (born in Oxford on 15 December 1906 and baptised
    at St Margaret’s Church on 2 February 1907)
  • Gilbert Harold Phipps (born in Oxford, registered first quarter of 1909, and baptised
    at St Margaret’s Church on 13 March 1910)
  • Gwendoline Hilda Phipps (born in Oxford on 11 January 1912 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 11 February 1912).

At the time of the 1891 census Albert’s father was still a single man, lodging in a house in Hook Norton where he was working as a hay binder, and his mother, Sarah Ann Harper, was a servant in a household in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. They were married later that year, and by the time of the 1901 census, when Percival was seven years old, his family was living at Green Road, Wolvercote. His father Henry was still working as a hay binder, and his mother Sarah was a dressmaker.

Around the beginning of 1904 the Phipps family moved to Oxford. By 1907 they were living at 26 Hayfield Road in St Margaret’s parish. They can be seen here at the time of the 1911 census: Percival’s father was now a labourer (more precisely a furniture remover). Percival, however, who was now 18, had already joined the army, and was based at Shorncliffe Camp in Kent.

Poppy In the First World War Percival Henry Phipps served as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 9345). He was accidentally drowned in the Persian Gulf at the age of 21 on 5 April 1915 and is buried in Iraq (then Mesopotamia) in the Basra War Cemetery (V.L.14). He is remembered on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.

Percival’s younger brother Albert died in France the following year on 25 November 1916.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Percival’s parents
  • Henry & Sarah Phipps continued to live at 26 Hayfield Road, Oxford. Henry Phipps is still listed there until 1952, and Mrs Phipps in 1954 only.
Percival’s sisters
  • Edith Mary Phipps (born 1896) gave birth to two illegitimate children in her parents’ house: Jack Phipps (born on 28 November 1913 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 30 January 1914) and Harold Phipps (baptised at the church on 18 March 1918).
Percival’s brothers
  • Arthur George Phipps (born 1904) served in the Royal Navy from 22 August 1921 to 15 September 1926 and then worked at the Pressed Steel Company as a sheet metal worker and spot welder until his death on 23 December 1965 aged 61. He married Katherine Knight at Chipping Norton in 1927 and they moved to a new house in Dene Road, Headington in about 1930. They had four children.

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