Edwin Phillipson

KOYLIPrivate, 25874, 8th (Service) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action, 1st October 1916, aged 21

Born at Eastoft in October 1895, Edwin was the only son of Samuel and Betsey Philipson (nee Wroot). His father was a farm labourer from Garthorpe, his mother was from Eastoft, and the family lived in the High Street, Eastoft. In 1911 Edwin was an apprentice tailor, most likely for James Watson whose business was next-door.

Edwin enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) at Goole in either 1915 or early 1916. He was posted to France in 1916 to join the 8th KOYLI who had been there since September 1915 with 70th Brigade in 23rd Division.

The 8th KOYLI were in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 and on several occasions since. On 1st October 1916 they were still on the Somme, between Martinpuich and Le Sars when their brigade attacked towards Le Sars in the Battle of Le Transloy Ridge. They were successful in capturing their objectives, Flers Trench and most of Flers Support but at the cost of a number of casualties, one of whom was Edwin Phillipson.

Edwin was buried in a battlefield grave close to where he fell. Following the Armistice his body was exhumed and Edwin was reburied in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.

Edwin was the cousin of Arthur, Fred and Harold Wroot. Another cousin, George Phillipson died in Italy in 1918 and is remembered on Swinefleet War Memorial.