Russell Constantine Charles PHIPPS


PHIPPS, Russell Constantine Charles

Service Number: 26278
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Brisbane
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: Australian Field Artillery
Born: Beaudesert, Upper Logan, Queensland, 11 March 1883
Home Town: Beaudesert, Scenic Rim, Queensland
Schooling: Downs School & Brisbane Grammar School
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Influenza & Cerebrospinal Fever, Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, United Kingdom, 6 December 1916, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Lythe (St. Oswald) Churchyard
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beaudesert War Memorial, Woodhill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 26278, 11th Depot Battalion, Brisbane
25 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner
16 Jun 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
14 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 26278, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
14 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 26278, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Mashobra, Sydney 19th reinforcements
6 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 26278, Australian Field Artillery

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Russell Constantine Charles PHIPPS was born on 11th March, 1883 at Beaudesert in Upper Logan, Queensland

His parents were Henry George Russell PHIPPS and Caroline Georgina Norma Leith HAY

He enlistesd in Brisbane as a Private with the 11th Depot Battalion on 14th February, 1916 & became a Gunner on 25th May, 1916 - he transferred to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade on the 16th June, 1916 and embarked with the 3rd FAB, 19th reinforcements on 14th September, 1916 on board HMAT Mashobra

Russell died of Influenza & Cerebrospinal Fever on 6th December, 1916 at Lucknow Isolation Hospital in Tidworth, England and is buried in St Oswald (Lythe) Churchyard , Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK

Medals:  British War Medal


Trove Article 

Queenslander (Brisbane) Saturday 24th Feb. 1917 page 13

An English exchange to hand contains reference to the death of Gunner Russell Constantine Charles Phipps, who died recently whilst on service with the A.I.F.

The deceased was the eldest son of the late Lord Henry George Phipps, third son of the 2nd Marquis of Normanby and nephew of the Rev Marquis of Normanby, Mulgrave Castle

The remains of the late Gunner Phipps were laid to rest in the village of Lythe, the body being conveyed from Tidworth camp to Whitby, and thence to Mulgrave Castle, the seat of the Marquis & Marchioness of Normanby.

Accompanying the remains was a detachment of 21 of the deceased comrades, also from Brisbane and who at the time were in training at Salisbury Plain.

The detachment was in charge of Warrant Officer S.J. Patton from Victoria

On arrival at the castle the coffin was placed upon a catafalque in the gallery, covered with a Union Jack and surrounded by a number of beautiful floral tokens

The journeyh from Mulgrave Castle to St Oswalds Church took place in a pitiless downpour of rain accompanied by a strong wind, but the weather conditions did not deter many from paying a last tribute of respect to the soldier scion of a noble house

The chief mourners were the Rev Marquis & Marchioness of Normanby, Katharine Countess of Ellesmere & Miss Sarah Macintyre.

After an impressive funeral service, the coffin was lowered into the moss and flower lined grave, the committed sentences were prounounced, the firing party fired three volleys and the impressive service was concluded by the buglers playing the "Last Post"