Edward William Philpott

Date of birth: 1865
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Greaster
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Navy
Battalion: SS St Boswells
Died: 10th June 1920 aged 55 years
Death location: At sea, his body was never recovered


Life before the War
Edward’s parents were William and Sarah Philpott.  Edward senior was born in 1835 and died in 1891.  His Mother was Sarah (nee Temple) who was born in 1835 and died two years after her son’s death in 1922.  Besides Edward there were 8 other children in the Philpott family:

Sarah Ann (1856–1884)
William (1857–1917)
Louisa (1860)
John (1862-1899)
Elizabeth (1867)
James (1870-1895)
Jane (1873)
Charles (1876)

Edward William Philpott married his wife, Ellen Hutchence, of 5 Handford Place, Bedford Place, Southampton in 1888.

The census records give a few insights into the family’s life:

In 1871 the six year old Edward was living with parents and six siblings at 20 Longcroft Street, Southampton.

By 1881 the family were registered at 18 Bellevue Street.  Edward’s occupation is listed as an Apprentice Slater.  The 3 oldest children were no longer registered in the family home.

The 1891 census records Edward at 5 Handford Place, Bedford Place, Southampton.  Also recorded are his wife Ellen and a daughter Beatrice who was born in 1887 in Southampton.  Edward’s occupation is that of a Dock Labourer.  Also registered were 3 of Edward’s siblings, Sarah, Jane and Charles.

During 1901 Edward is still registered at 5 Handford Place, Bedford Place, Southampton.  In addition to his wife and daughter the family have been blessed with a son, Fred, who was born in 1885 (not registered in 1891 census).  Edward is recorded a Fireman on a ship.

The last available census, that of 1911, reveals that Edward and Ellen are still registered at 5 Handford Place along with a Grandson (presumably Beatrice’s son), Robert Frederick Hardon, who was born in 1906.  Neither Fred nor Beatrice were registered at this address.  Edward was a Fireman in the Mercantile Marine.

Military service
Edward drowned after the tug he was on, SS St Boswells, hit a mine on 10th June 1920 near Terschilling in the Netherlands.  He was entitled to the Victory Medal and British War medal and is commemorated on Southampton Cenotaph Remembrance Wall and Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published.: 9th June 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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