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« on: April 14, 2017, 08:05:24 AM »

Philip George Philcox
Lieutenant (A)
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve  "H.M.S. Raven"
Fleet Air Arm  758 Squadron

Died on the 12th March 1940

Buried in the churchyard of St. Mark's Church, Staplefield, West Sussex.
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Lieutenant Philip Philcox was killed in an air crash whilst attached to 758 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based at HMS Raven which is the RNAS Air Station at Eastleigh.

The Naval History Net shows :

Tuesday, 12 March 1940
FAA, 758 Sqn, Raven, air crash
PHILCOX, Philip G, Ty/Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

The newspaper article (two below) shows his age at death as 31 years, the inscription on the family tomb shows he was 30 years old.

The CWGC site doesn't have a 'grave reference' but his resting place is easy to find - through the lichgate entrance to St Mark's Churchyard and his grave is three in on the left next to the footpath.  You can't miss it , it is about 8' square and is described by the CWGC on their 'Graves Registration' page as a "York Stone Leger'.

Prior to joining the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, Philip George Philcox was a member of the London Stock Exchange and would appear to have been doing quite well.

Manchester Evening News - Thursday 08 August 1940

AIRMAN LEAVES £115,000 - NO WILL.

Lieutenant Philip George Philcox, Fleet Air Arm, of Tunmore Farm, West Horsley, Surrey, a member of the Stock Exchange, who was killed don war service on March 12, left £115,075 (£108,578 net).
He died intestate and letters of administration have been granted to his widow and his mother.


Surrey Advertiser - Wednesday 20 March 1940

THE LATE LIEUT. P. G. PHILCOX.

BURIAL AT STAPLEFIELD.

A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral of Lieut. Philip George Philcox R.N. F.A.A., of Tunmore Farm, West Horsley, youngest son of Mrs. G.E. Pholcox, of The Broom, Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, and the late Mr. George E. Philcox of Stone Court, Staplefield, Sussex, which tookmplace on Saturday at St. Mark's Church, Staplefield.

Lieut. Philcox, who was in is 31st year, joined the Stock Exchange in 1933 and became a partner in his father's firm, Philcox & Co., of Coptall Chambers, E.C..  Shortly afterwards he became a prominent figure in the West African Market and later in the South African Market.  He was very popular in all section of the "House" and was held in the highest esteem by all with whom he came into contact.

The burial service in the church and the committal at the grave were conducted by the Rev. W. A. Dengate (Vicar), and the hymns sung by the choir were "Lead Kindly Light" and "The King of love" followed by the Nuns Dimittis and the Pilgrim's Prayer.  The oak casket was covered with the White Ensign.

(The newspaper article then continues with an extremely long list of mourners, including about a hundred names of representatives of the Stock Exchange and an equally long list of floral tributes - I'll skip those long lists).

The inscription on the grave isn't easy to read - it shows :

       IN LOVING MEMORY
                    OF
         GEORGE ERNEST
    HUSBAND OF EDITH PHILCOX
        DIED JULY 20th 1937
            AGED 67 YEARS.
  ALSO OF THEIR YOUNGEST SON
  LIEUT. PHILIP GEORGE PHILCOX
    ROAYL NAVAL FLEET AIR ARM
    KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
MARCH 12th 1940 AGED 30 YEARS.
     AND OF EDITH PHILCOX
   DIED FEBRUARY 11th 1973.
    AND GRACE MARY NASH
          (née PHICOX)
      DIED MAY 22nd 1992

 
Attached is a photograph of the family grave which I took earlier this week.

I haven't been able to work out exactly how Lieutenant Philcox was killed.  The only indication is from the Naval History Net details, above.  If anyone could help I would be grateful.

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 09:05:00 AM »

There's a file at the National Archives that should hold further details.. not been digitised yet, so would need a visit.

Reference:   ADM 358/33
Description:   
Temporary Lieutenant (A) P G Philcox, RNVR: report of death in an aircraft accident, 12 March 1940
Date:   1940 Jan 01 - 1940 Dec 31
Held by:   The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department:   CW 8353/40
Legal status:   Public Record(s)
Closure status:   Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions:   Open on Transfer
Record opening date:   17 August 2012
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 09:19:36 AM »

Philip George Philcox

Born 24.7.1909 Wandsworth
Married Constance Hutton ¼ June 1936, Kensington

In 1911 with parents George Ernest & Edith & 3 siblings. Also 4 servants. At  9 Aldrington Rd, Streatham Park, London S W. father a Stocks & Shares Dealer.

25.3.1931. on SS Orinoco leaving Southampton for Trinidad. He was a stock exchange clerk. home was Stone Court, Staplefield.
5.2.1934 on SS Arundel Castle from Durban, for Southampton. Stockdealer of above address.

In 1939 Census Philip was at Garden Count Garden, Court Lane, Esther Married. Member of Stock Exchange. Also shown as sub lieut(A) RNVR.

Probate. Of Tunmore Farm, West Horsley, Surrey, and of 1 Copthall Chambers, Angel Court, London. Died 12.3.1940 on war Service. Admin to Constance Philcox and Edith Philcox, widows. Effects £115705
Wife & Mother

UK Army & Navy BMD. Temp Lieut(A) Died Stanmore, Nr Winchester. Multiple Injuries.
ALSO shows Douglas Lewis AB (AGR looks like) Died 12.3.1940 in hospital, Winchester, of multiple injuries subsequent to aircraft crash when  a passenger.
Both have the record No 8720/40. Lewis Service No 151777
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 09:58:38 AM »

Thank you John and Alkhamhills.

The National Archives reference is on the list for the next visit to Kew.

Attached is the announcement of the forthcoming marriage between Philip George Philcox and Miss Constance Hutton.  This was published in The Tatler - Wednesday 27 May 1936 and has a photograph of his fiancée, Constance - what a very pretty Lady.


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