Cecil is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 28th December 1898, Ipswich.

Death presumed: 27th October 1917; age 18; Cecil was shot down whist escorting a patrol of scout aircraft about 10 miles over the German lines.

He was officially reported as missing in The Times published on the 8th November 1917.
A notice in The Times published on the 30th May 1918, announced that he remained missing and was officially presumed to have been killed on the 27th October 1917.
Employed: Cowley Manor, Gloucester.

In late 1916 Cecil applied for and was accepted for training for an appointment to a Regular Commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment.   He attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, graduating on the 1st May 1917, and was confirmed as a Second Lieutenant, immediately being temporarily seconded to the Royal Flying Corps for training as a pilot.   He attained his pilot’s licence on the 8th September 1917 and was officially seconded to the R.F.C. on that date.

Cecil was immediately posted to the 45th Squadron, of the Royal Flying Corps, based at Sainte-Marie Cappel, near Hazebrouck, Northern France, part of 11th Wing, 2nd Brigade of the R.F.C. and trained as a fighting scout on the Sopwith Camel.

Cecil’s Squadron Commander wrote that Cecil took part in many patrols over the lines, and was in many encounters with superior numbers of enemy machines, and on each occasion acquitted himself in a manner which reflected credit not only to himself but also on the Squadron as a whole.


Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment attached to the Royal Flying Corps, 45th Squadron.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Arras Flying Services Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the Rev. E.I.A. Phillips & Ethel M.D. Phillips, of 11, Pembroke Vale, Clifton, Bristol.






1901   35, Cardigan Street, Ipswich.


Cecil was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Egbert Ivor Allen Phillips, 31, a Clergyman (CofE) School Master, born East Dean, Gloucestershire.

Ethel Mary Dudley Phillips (nee Cargill), 27, born Coalham, Yorkshire.

Vivian Ethel Mary Phillips, 4, born Bath, Somerset.

Cyril Douglas Phillips, infant, born Ipswich.

1 visitor – monthly nurse – own account.

1 general domestic servant.

1 cook.


1911   Harper House, Sherborne School for Boys, Dorset.


Cecil was 12 years old and a visitor with his father, Egbert, 41, a Schoolmaster to 36 year old, William James Bensly, a Clergyman Schoolmaster.

4 scholars/boarders.

7 servants.

On the 1911 census, Cecil mother and brothers are at the family home – Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon.

Ethel, 41.

Cyril, 10.

Colin Cargill Phillips, 4 months, born Tavistock, Devon.

1 parlour maid.

1 school teacher.

1 cook.

1 kitchen maid.

1 scullery maid.

1 nurse.

1 butler.


Cecil attended Sherborne Preparatory School – 1906 – 1910, and Clifton College.


Cyril’s father Egbert Ivor Allen Phillips, was educated at Monmouth School. A Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, October 1888; prizeman; Haberdashers’ Scholar, BA (26th Wrangler) 1891; MA 1900. BSc., London 1900. Ordained deacon (Bath & Wells) 1894; priest 1895. Chaplain at Bath College, 1894-1897. Assistant master at Ipswich School, 1897-1901. Science master at Sherborne School, 1901-1907. Headmaster of Kelly College, Tavistock, 1907-1911. Assistant Master and Chaplain at Clifton College, 1911-1931. Rector of Easton-Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 1932-1951. Died 25th August 1956 at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Cecil (Front row) and his family during a Pageant at the School 1905 “Flicker

On the 17th January 1922, Rev. E.I.A. Phillips, of 11, Pembroke Vale, Clifton, Bristol, applied for his late son’s medals.


Cecil is remembered on the Roll of Honour at St. Mary’s Church, Cowley, Gloucester, and at Sherborne Preparatory School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset.


Cecil’s brother, Cyril Douglas Phillips lost his life in the Second World War. Cyril was a Major, of the 3rd King’s Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps, when he succumbed to his wounds on the 20th November 1940, aged 39. Cyril was laid to rest at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. He was married with a daughter.


27th October 1917


Aircraft: Sopwith Camel; serial number: B2382. Cecil was tasked to provide escort and protection to a patrol of scout aircraft over the Passchendaele area of Belgium, when he was driven down by four German aircraft to the east of Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen.   Leutnant Fritz Kuke, of Jasta 33, was credited with the victory.


Extra information courtesy of Jimmy –  http://www.remembering.org.uk/glosregtofficers/glos_regt_offrs_biographies_P.htm

 Photograph and extra information courtesy of Rachel Hassall – of Sherborne School http://oldshirburnian.org.uk/school-archives/








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