Phillimore, Anthony Francis


He was the eldest of four brothers to join Morshead’s; they were the sons of Godfrey Walter Phillimore, 2nd Baron Phillimore, MC (E1893-98), of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and Lady Phillimore (née Dorothy Barbara Haig, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Balfour Haig CMG, CVO). His brothers were the Hon. Claud Stephen Phillimore (E1924-1929), the Hon. Robert Robert George Hugh Phillimore (E1926-1931), and the Hon. Milwa Godfrey Walter Phillimore (E1928-1933).

He came to ‘E’, then under Mr. Irving, from Sandroyd in 1920. Reputed to be a rather dreamy and vague junior one story tells of him being sent on an errand to School Shop by a prefect, he forgot its nature when he got there, and before he arrived back up at house to find out, he had forgotten who had sent him. He also showed exceptional promise as a poacher, and was good with dogs and other animals. He was a brave but amateur member of Commoner XV and of his house soccer side. His attempt to restart beagling in the school, like that of his brother Robert later, met with a disappointing response from the Headmaster.

Some of his instructors were surprised when he entered RMC Sandhurst in 1925 high enough on the list to win a prize cadetship. He then took a commission in 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1927. From 1930 to 1933 he was seconded to the Somaliland Camel Corps, where his insight into animal psychology may have served him well.

On July 18th 1934 he married Anne Julia Pereira (daughter of Major-General Sir Cecil Pereira KCB, CMG), and left a son when he died. In 1938 he was promoted to Captain and in the following year attended the Staff College. He was appointed a Staff Captain at the War Office in 1939, and then served in the same capacity with the GHQ of the British Expeditionary Force in France from April 1940. On May 23rd 1940, near Arras, he went into one of the desperate engagements fought to cover the retreat to Dunkirk, and was not seen alive again. He was thirty-three years old. He lies in grave 2.A.17 of Athies Communal Cemetery Extension.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Phillimore
  • Forenames or initials: Anthony Francis
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1920-1925
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: General Staff, formerly with 9th Queen's Royal Lancers
  • Date of Birth: 2nd February 1907
  • Date of Death: 23rd May 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Athies Communal Cemetery Extension: Grave 2.A.17