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AB George Arnold Philby

R/6092 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - Hood Battalion

Grave F.262 Grave II. E.6.
Son of Mr George & Mrs Mary Philby
Husband of Florrie Philby

Aged 39 years

Died 25th May 1918

Commemorated at Mesnil Communal Cemetery (Extension)
Grave II. E.6.

And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.262

Born 29th Dec 1879 (Wendover). Entered 21st Aug 1917; Draft for BEF 17th Dec 1917, joined Hood Bn. 5th Jan 1918, attached 1st RM Bn. 11th Feb 1918 - 23rd Feb 1918 accidentally injured (Contusion Ribs), joined Hood Bn. 14th May 1918 - 26th May 1918 DD. Killed in action. A portrait of George was presented to Park-road Sunday School.
Rushden Echo, 24th August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Presentation of a fountain pen was made to Mr. George Philby, leader of the morning junior school in connection with the Baptist Church, on the occasion of his joining H.M. Forces.

Rushden Echo, June 7th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List

Mrs George Philby, of 10, Moor-road, Rushden, received official news this (Friday) morning that her husband A.B. Geo. Philby, Royal Naval Division, gave his life in the service of his country on May 26th. The late Seaman Philby, who was 39 years of age, joined the Colours on August 21st last year, and went to France a week before Christmas. He was formerly employed at the C.W.S. Boot Works, Rushden, and for many years took an active interest in the work of the Park-road Baptist Sunday school, being leader of the Primary Department. He was a member of the Rushden Free Church Council. Up to the time of joining His Majesty’s forces he was a member of the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Special Constabulary. He leaves a widow to mourn her loss. Much sympathy is felt with her in her sore bereavement. The deceased seaman’s officer writes to Mrs Philby, under date May 29th, as follows: “It is my painful duty to inform you that your husband, A.B. G. A. Philby, was killed in action on May 25th. Death was instantaneous, and your husband suffered no pain. We all deeply regret your husband’s death, as he was well liked by officers and men. It may be some consolation to you to know that your husband was killed doing his duty and that he never flinched during a very strenuous time. Assuring you of my sincere sympathy.” The late Seaman Philby had only just come out of hospital, having been at Le Trèport suffering from the effects of an accident sustained in February last. He could not have been back in the line more than four or five days. His wife will be grateful to any of her husband’s comrades who can send her any further information concerning the manner of her husband’s decease.
Rushden Echo, June 14th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Men Killed, Wounded, and Gassed

A.B. George Philby’s death in action, while serving with the R.N.D., reported in last week’s Rushden Echo, was referred to with great sorrow at a meeting of the Rushden Free Church Council on Friday evening last. Mr W. J. Cure (the president) said he felt it a painful duty, at the first meeting at which he was called upon to preside, to allude to the loss sustained by the Free Church Council and by the Park-road Baptist Church in the death of Mr Philby. For a long time Mr Philby had been serving in France, and he had now made the great sacrifice. While he was associated with the Free Church Council, representing the Baptist Church, he was a most interested member, taking an active part in the various matters which came before them, and he held an official position as collector for the Council, carrying out his duties very faithfully. The members of the Council sympathised very deeply with Mrs Philby in the grievous loss she had sustained, and they also regretted the loss sustained by the Baptist Church. By a standing vote it was decided to send a letter of sympathy to Mrs Philby.

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