Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery
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:
After the war, Phillip returned to life as a Civil Servant, in 1919 being appointed as a Second Division Clerk with the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Phillip died in 1968 in Southend-on-Sea.
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
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