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School Archivist Repton School ,Derbyshire.
Born: 7th April 1918, Rekko Hill, Kajang, Malaya.
Died: 21st March 1941; age 22; of Scarlet Fever and Septic Meningitis at Ipswich Isolation Hospital.
Residence: Little Lords Mead, Lymington, Hampshire.
Rank: Captain; Service Number: 74692.
Regiment: The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).
Medals Awarded: Military Cross – On 29th May 1940 when 1st H.L.I. became surrounded by enemy tanks and infantry this officer was acting as Brigade Liaison Officer. He came through to Brigade H.Q. to report the situation of his battalion at great personal risk and later took back a message to his C.O. which enabled considerable elements of the battalion to be extricated under cover of darkness. His behaviour throughout was admirable and his reports clear, intelligent and helpful.
Gazetted – 22nd October 1940 – 1st Highland Light Infantry, 42nd Reconnaissance Regiment.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ronald C.M. Kindersley & Margaret Kindersley; nephew of Mrs. F.D.Stewart, of Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
Father: Ronald Charles Murray Kindersley, born 1870, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight – died March 1939, 87, Victoria Street, Westminster, London. A pioneer coffee and rubber planter, and a member of the Federal Council for many years.
Mother: Margaret Kindersley (nee Collis), born March 1879, Rawal Pindi, Bengal, India – died November 1941, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Aunt: Frances Alice Debnam Stewart (nee Collis), born 1887, Brighton, East Sussex.
Uncle: William Murray Stewart, born 1876, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1894, Ronald Kindersley and his brother founded the Inch Kenneth Coffee Estate in Kajang, Selangor, initially as a coffee plantation. By 1896, the rubber industry had began to develop, so they changed their coffee plantation into a rubber plantation by planting five acres of rubber trees. The brothers then founded the Inch Kenneth Rubber Plc., in 1910, planting rubber trees, trading rubber, and manufacturing rubber products.
Philip attended Repton School, Derbyshire – entered April 1932 – leaving July 1935. He was a boarder at ‘Mitre’ house. His family home was at Old Ferry House, Lymington, Hampshire. Philip then moved on to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Probate to Margaret Kindersley – mother and The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China.
During the Second World War, Philip’s mother, Margaret was a voluntary worker at a soldiers’ canteen. She died suddenly in November 1941. In her will Margaret left her son’s Military Cross to Elizabeth MacKenzie – “Who I hoped would have been my very dear daughter-in-law.” Also £1,000 to the Highland Light Infantry, for charitable purposes in memory of her son Philip, and £50 to Private J. Dunkley, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, as a remembrance of her son, “the captain,” and their time in France together.
In March, 2015, at Island Auction Rooms, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, Philip’s cased Military Cross with ribbon, and a miniture Military Cross was sold.
The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). 1st Battalion landed in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in September 1939, forming part of the 127th (Manchester) Brigade in the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. In defense of Belgium and France, holding back the German invasion. The Battalion later in May and June 1940 took part in the defense and evacuation of Dunkirk, with remnants being evacuated from Cherbourg.