Poppy Percy Leslie Stephen PHIPPS (1892–1916) Poppy

Percy Phipps
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Oxfordshire County Council

Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps was born in St Giles, Oxford in 1892, the son of Percy Joseph Phipps (born in Oxford, registered Oxford first quarter of 1864) and Lenna Louisa Feldon (born in Oxford in c.1864). Percy’s parents were married at St Clement's Church on 3 November 1888 and had eight children:

  • Lenna Louisa Dorothy Phipps (born in Oxford, registered in Headington district second quarter of 1889; died the following year)
  • Harry Joseph Theodore Phipps (born in Oxford on 4 April 1890 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 11 May 1890)
  • Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps (born in Oxford on 26 April 1892 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 17 June 1892)
  • Alice Lily Lucy Phipps (born in Stone, Kent in 1893, registered in Dartford district third quarter).
  • Annie Kathleen Louie Phipps (born in Oxford in 1895, registered in Oxford district second quarter)
  • William Cyril. Bernard Feldon Phipps (born in Oxford in 1897, registered in Headington district third quarter)
  • Frank Walter Phipps (born in Oxford on 29 October 1900 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 2 December 1900)
  • Constance Lenna Margaret Phipps (born in Oxford on 9 August 1907 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 25 October 1907).

Percy’s father, Percy Joseph Phipps, was originally a plumber, gas fitter, and bell hanger, but latterly simply a gasfitter. He began married life in Oxford, and can be seen in the 1891 census living at 53 St John’s Road (now renamed St Bernard’s Road) in St Giles with his wife Lenna, their son Harry, and Lenna’s brother William Henry Feldon (19), a stone carver.

The family must have moved to Stone in Kent shortly after Percy’s birth in 1892, as their next child Alice was born there in 1893. They were back in Oxford the following year, and by 1899 were living at 53 Juxon Street in Jericho.

In about 1900 the family moved to their first address in St Margaret’s parish at 40 Hayfield Road, where they can be seen in the 1901 census with their first six children. Percy was then 8 years old.

From September 1905 to July 1910 Percy attended the City of Oxford High School for Boys in George Street.

They were still at 40 Hayfield Road in 1905, but by 1907 the family lived at 51 Plantation Road in St Margaret’s parish.

In September 1910 when he was 18, Percy was appointed an assistant schoolmaster at Henley-on-Thames. He was there at the time of the 1911 census, boarding with his uncle, the wheelwright G. Rawlings.

In October 1912 Percy was matriculated as a non-collegiate student at the University of Oxford from St Catherine’s Society.

Poppy In the First World War Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps served as a Lance Corporal in the 9th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 22719). He died of fever in hospital in Weymouth at the age of 23 on 1 March 1916, possibly while still training. He is buried in Weymouth Cemetery (B “C” 2057). His parents paid for the additional inscription A LOVED ONE SLEEPING to be added to his headstone.

School memorial to Phipps


As well as on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church, Phipps is remembered on a plaque in the Old Boys’ High School, George Street (left).

St Catherine's war memorial


Phipps was also listed on the St Catherine’s Society War Memorial, which was lost, but replaced in St Cross Church (right) when St Catherine’s College was built.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Percy’s father
  • Percy Joseph Phipps is listed in Kelly’s Directory as still living at 51 Plantation Road until 1943.
Percy’s siblings
  • Harry Joseph Theodore Phipps married Alice May Taylor at St Andrew's Church in Headington on 25 April 1916
  • Alice Lily Lucy Phipps married George Leslie Bowerman at St Margaret’s Church on 26 February 1916. She was then living as a servant at 131 Banbury Road.
  • Annie Kathleen Louie Phipps married Arthur Bowerman at Ss Philip & James's Church, Oxford on 29 October 1922
  • William Cyril Bernard Feldon Phipps married Eva Agnes Edgington at Ss Philip & James's Church, Oxford on 26 December 1925
  • Frank Walter Phipps married Beatrice K Bearman in 1928 (Chelmsford district, third quarter)
  • Constance Lenna Margaret Phipps married William J Hiscock in 1932 (reg. Headington district, fourth quarter). She died in Oxford at the age of 86 in 1993.

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