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Rutherfoord, Phillip Villiers Brownlee
(1888-1968)

Rank Lieutenant

Service Army

Battalion

Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery

Buried Southend-on-Sea

Information

Phillip Villiers Brownlee Rutherfoord was born in Sydney, Australia in 1889 the son of John Brownlee Rutherfoord and his wife Ellen (nee Allanson). Phillip's brother was Arthur Henry Rutherfoord, who was Killied in Action in 1917. Phillip's parents had been born in Ireland but Arthur's siblings were born as far apart as New South Wales in Australia, Ireland and Aldborough, Yorkshire. Phillip's father had served in the Boer War and had been awarded the DSO for services during operations in that war. John died in 1910 and at some point Phillip's mother, Ellen, moved to Alma House in Collingham.

Phillip and his brother Arthur first found employment as clerks in the Government Post Office Department, and in 1911 both were living at 24 West Street, London. Just after that Arthur emigrated to South Africa as a member of the British South African Police (BSAP), but Phillip remained in the UK.

Phillip married Sarah Louisa Barr in 1914.

In World War 1, Phillip started his service as Gunner 69126 in the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) but was subsequently commissioned on the 21st July 1917 to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant and then Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Phillip first went to France on the 20th May 1916.

Phillip Rutherfoord was mentioned in The Wetherby News on 16th August 1918:


COLLINGHAM
Wetherby News 16 August 1918
Lieut. P.V.B. Rutherfoord, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Mrs. Rutherfoord, has been wounded in the foot. This is the third time Lieut. Rutherfoord has been wounded. A married man, he resided at Croyden before the war, and was in the Civil Service. His brother was killed several months ago. Lieut. Rutherfoord, writing from Hospital, says - "Remember I am quite merry and bright, and I would not have missed that glorious day's fighting for a fortune. It was simply great. We got Jerry on the run and kept him at it all day."

 

Phillip died in 1968 in Southend-on-Sea.

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