PHILIP, William Charles
(Service number 45360)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 11 December 1893 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Lowburn Ferry, Central Otago
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Territorials
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs C. PHILIP (mother), 24 Leith Street, Dunedin
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 July 1975 Age 81 years
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated; ashes interred Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference Beam 6, Plot 699
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Charles Philip, born on 11 December 1893 at Waimate, was the eldest son of Charles and Elizabeth (née Cordner) Philip. His grandparents, William and Caroline Philp, had settled at Waimate in the late 1870s. William was educated at Bannockburn School in Central Otago. When he was called up in 1916 and enlisted, he was a blacksmith at Lowburn Ferry in Central Otago. He married Dorothy Alma Wilkins Wheeler in 1917. William followed the craft of a blacksmith for his entire working life.

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, Richard Lyall Craik 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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