Payne-Gallwey, Philip Francis


Second son of the Reverend Francis Henry Payne-Gallwey, of Sessay Rectory, Thirsk, “Pip” as he was known, came from a prominent local family. Payne-Gallwey’s mother, Florence Kate Payne-Gallwey, was the second daughter of Colonel Arthur Lowry Cole CB. His cousin, William Thomas Payne-Gallwey, an Etonian in the Grenadier Guards, fell during the Battle of the Aisne on 14th September 1914 and is commemorated in Sessay Church and his sister, Florence Mary Payne-Gallwey was to lose her only son, also a Wykehamist – Lieutenant John Philip Utterson-Kelso (C1936-1940), 2nd (Armoured) Battalion, Grenadier Guards – killed in action in Normandy in August 1944.

Philip entered Morshead’s from West Downs School. He passed through Sandhurst and was gazetted to the 21st Lancers in 1912 before going out to India. At the outbreak of war he was home on leave from India and went to the front with the 9th Lancers. He was killed near Messines on October 31st, 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres.

His squadron had been forced out of their trenches, had retaken them and had yet again been compelled to retire when he was killed during the final evacuation. He was the first officer of his regiment to be killed in the war.

In Sessay Church are several memorials to those who died in the First World War. One, to his cousin William, is a memorial tablet placed on the wall, another a stained-glass window with the following inscription beneath: To the undying Memory of William Thomas Payne-Gallwey MVOC Captain Grenadier Guards (only son of Sir Ralph William Frankland Payne-Gallwey 3rd Baronet) born March 25th 1881 reported missing at the Battle of the Aisne September 14th 1914 and presumed killed in action on that date + this window is erected by his ever sorrowing Mother and Sisters.

Philip Payne-Gallwey’s memorial is much simpler: a small, plain bronze plaque reading: Lt Philip Francis Payne-Gallwey 21st Lancers Oct 31 1914 1st Battle of Ypres, aged 21

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Payne-Gallwey
  • Forenames or initials: Philip Francis
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 9th Lancers
  • Date of Birth: 7th March 1893
  • Date of Death: 31st October 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: MESSINES RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY: Grave II.F.8