Photograph courtesy of Louise Moffat




Born: 1899, Woking, Surrey.

Death accepted: 27th April 1918; age 19; KiA.

Residence: ‘Glenrose’ Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 132300.

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps, Infantry, 25th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Body exhumed in 1919 from a grave with no cross, identified by a Disc, and reburied.

Grave Reference:


La Clytte Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. A.A.Geernaert, of 18, Purplett Street, Ipswich.


CENSUSPhilip Herbert Rice Geernaert (2)


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 (nee Everitt), 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 father Herbert Geernaert was living with his sister, Clara Emma Rice (nee Geernaert) and brother-in-law Charles Edward Rice at their family home – 51, High Street, Colchester, Essex. Herbert was 47, a Master Tailor – employer.

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.

Ada, 39.

Vera, 13.

Clara Beatrice Geernaert, 5, born India.

Marjorie Jean Geernaert, 3, born India.


Philip’s father was Charles Herbert Geernaert, born August 1863, Colchester, Essex, baptised 27th September 1863, at St. Leonard’s Church, Lexden, Colchester. A Sergeant, service number 4541 for the East Surrey Regiment, 2nd Battalion – invalided home during the Boer War 1899 – 1902. Charles died October 1912, at Colchester, Essex – a Tailor.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ada A. Geernaert – mother.


Machine Gun Corps, Infantry, 25th Battalion:

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