STRONGMAN, Philip Brenton
(Service number 6/3173)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank


Date 12 September 1892 Place of Birth St Columb, Cornwall, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Wakefield, Nelson
Occupation Methodist Home Missionary
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T. T. STRONGMAN (father), St Columb Road, Fraddon, Cornwall, England
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 7th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
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

July 1916 - wounded

Post-war Occupations


Date 29 November 1967 Age 75 years
Place of Death St Columb, Cornwall, England
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Philip Brenton Strongman was the son of Thomas Tom and Mary (née Chapman) Strongman. He was at home with his mother and siblings at St Columb, Cornwall in 1901; his father was away from home conducting services for the Wesleyman Church. Philip had come to New Zealand in about 1908. P. B. Strongman featured in the Timaru Herald in 1913 – letter to the editor, delivering a monologue at the Old Men’s Home, giving an item at the Fairview Methodist Bible Class. In March 1914 he left Timaru for Nelson to take up Home Mission work in connection with the Methodist Church. Just before leaving he performed at the Sunday School concert in the Fairview School. He was welcomed at Nelson in early April. Although he was recorded at Wakefield, Nelson, on the 1919 electoral roll, he took his discharge in England. Philip married Hilda Jane Strongman at Stcolumb, Cornwall, in 1926.

The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of Philip Betten [sic] Strongman.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 March 2020]; 1901 England census record ( [29 March 2020]; England probate index ( [29 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 29 May 1913, 19 July 1913, 13 August 1913, 25 March 1914 [x 2], 5 July 1922, Colonist, 7 April 1914, Otago Witness, 9 August 1916 (Papers Past) [24, 29 & 30 March 2020]

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