Philip George Philcox
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.
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
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
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.