Photograph courtesy of Louise Moffat
Born: 1899, Woking, Surrey.
Death accepted: 27th April 1918; age 19; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 132300; Regiment: Machine Gun Corps, Infantry, 25th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
La Clytte Military Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs A.A.Geernaert, of 18, Purplett Street, Ipswich.
1901 Arbour Hill Military, Aaron Quay, Ireland.
Philip was 2 years old he was living with his mother & siblings.
Ada Annie Geernaert (nee Rice), 29, able to read & write, religion: CofE, born Colchester, Essex.
Vera Lilian Geernaert, 3, religion: CofE, born Dover, Kent.
Leonard Charles Rice Geernaert, 5, religion: CofE, born Colchester, Essex.
1911 6, Provident Place, North Hill, Colchester, Essex.
Philip was 12 years old and staying with his widowed paternal grandmother, uncle & widowed great uncle.
Charlotte Geernaert, 72, living on private means, born Colchester, Essex.
Joseph John Geernaert, 31, a Tailor – employer, born Colchester, Essex.
Charles W. Everitt, 75, a Railway Pensioner, born Colchester, Essex.
In 1911, Philip’s mother & sisters were living with his widowed maternal grandfather at his home – at 43, Lacey Street, Ipswich.
James Rice, 77, a retired Carpenter & Joiner, born Sudbury, Suffolk.
Clara Beatrice Geernaert, 5, born India.
Marjorie Jean Geernaert, 3, born India.
Philip’s father was Charles Herbert Geernaert, born 1863, Colchester, Essex – a Soldier. Charles died October 1912, at Colchester, Essex – a Tailor.