Phipps, Constantine James

He was the elder son of the Reverend Canon Constantine Osborne Phipps, The Lee Vicarage, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire and Jessie Phipps. His younger brother was Lieutenant Charles Percy Phipps (H, 1909-1912), Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who was killed in action at Laventie in July 1916 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Cordwalles School and passing through Sandhurst, obtained his commission in the 1st Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in September 1913.

He went to the front on August 12th 1914, with the 2nd Division and served continuously in France throughout the war. He was wounded during the Retreat from Mons at Villers-Cotteret and again in March 1915 near Givenchy. He was awarded the M.C. (in March 1916) and the D.S.O. (in January 1919), was three times mentioned in Despatches and served for some months in command of the 2nd Division Signal Company; he was appointed to this responsible post at the early age of 22 and discharged his duties with distinction.

He contracted influenza, probably another victim of the great Spanish Influenza epidemic sweeping the world immediately after the war, which developed into pneumonia and died in hospital at Duren, near Cologne.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Phipps
  • Forenames or initials: Constantine James
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1907-1910
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: King's Liverpool Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 21st November 1893
  • Date of Death: 19th February 1919
  • How Died: Died from pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F5
  • Decoration: D.S.O., M.C.