PHILIP, Richard Lyall Craik
(Service number 1/478)

First Rank (1) Private; (2) Sergeant Last Rank Staff Sergeant


Date 16 March 1897 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 61 Hanson Street, Wellington
Occupation (1) Government Cadet (Valuation Dept); (2) Civil Servant
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin (1) Mrs E. PHILIP, Allardice Street, Dannevirke; (2) Mrs E. B. PHILIP (mother), Allardice Street, Dannevirke - (Married again) Mrs E. B. SIFFLECT. Later Mrs Ethel Annie PHILIP (wife), Anne Street, Highland Park, Wadestown, Wellington, or c/o Mr D. DAVIES, 70 Le Cren Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) Samoan Advance Party; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) 5th (Wellington) Regiment; (2) 19th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date (2) 15 November 1916
Transport (1) Moeraki or Monowai; (2) Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Civil servant


Date 8 June 1928 Age 31 years
Place of Death Wadestown, Wellington
Cause Accidentally killed
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 44, Plot 258
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Richard Lyall Craik Philip, born on 16 March 1897 at Waimate, was the eldest son of Alexander Craik and Elizabeth Blanche (née Lane) Philip. His grandparents, William and Caroline Philp, had settled at Waimate in the late 1870s. Richard was educated at Dannevirke North School and Dannevirke High School. On leaving high school in December 1914, he was destined for an office in London, England. He married Ethel Agnes Davies in 1921. Richard died in a motor car accident at Wadestown, Wellington. He was buried at Timaru, the funeral leaving his father-in-law’s residence in Le Cren Street. His father had died in an accident in 1912, when he fell while working as a builder.

His father was a cousin of William Scott, 63220, who also served with the New Zealand Forces and died of wounds in 1918 in France.

His cousin, William Charles Philip, also served in World War I; and other cousins - David Alexander Philip, James Abercrombie Philip, and Francis Lennie Philp - were all called up for service in World War I. Two uncles – Thomas Lennie Philip and Andrew Lennie Philip – were listed on the Reserve Rolls, both being married with children.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 April 2020];NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 April 2020]; School Admission record [12 April 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [12 April 2020]; Timaru Herald, 12 June 1928, Evening Star, 12 June 1928 (Papers Past) [12 April 2020]

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