Poppy Percy Leslie Stephen PHIPPS (1892–1916) Poppy

Percy Phipps
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Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps was born at 58 St Bernard's Road, Oxford on 26 April 1892. He was the son of Percy Joseph Phipps (born in Oxford and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 27 March) and Lenna Louisa Feldon (born in Oxford and baptised at St Clement's Church on 2 October 1864).

Percy’s parents were married at St Clement's Church on 3 November 1888 and had eight children:

  • Lenna Lucy Dorothy Phipps (born at 5 Adelaide Street, Oxford on 7 March 1889 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 7 March; died aged one at Plantation Road, with burial on 12 June 1890 recorded in the register of Ss Philip & James's Church )
  • Harry Joseph Theodore Phipps (born at 1 Plantation Road, Oxford on 4 April 1890 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 11 May)
  • Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps (born at 58 St Bernard's Road, Oxford on 26 April 1892 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 17 June)
  • Alice Lily Lucy Phipps (born in Stone, Kent in 1893, registered third quarter).
  • Annie Kathleen Louie Phipps (born at 30 Victor Street, Oxford on 18 March 1895 and baptised at St Barnabas Church on 2 May)
  • William Cyril. Bernard Feldon Phipps (born at 53 Juxon Street, Oxford on 11 June 1897 and baptised at St Barnabas Church on 29 August)
  • Frank Walter Phipps (born at 40 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 29 October 1900 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 2 December 1900)
  • Constance Lenna Margaret Phipps (born at 40 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 9 August 1907 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 25 October 1907).

Percy’s father, Percy Joseph Phipps, was originally a plumber, gas fitter, and bell hanger, but latterly simply a gasfitter. He and his wife began married life at 5 Adelaide Street in Jericho, but they had moved to 1 Plantation Road by early 1890.

By the time of the 1891 census they were living at 53 St Bernard's Road (then called St John’s Road) with, their baby son Harry, and Lenna’s brother William Henry Feldon (19), a stone carver (who ten years later would do the carving on the present Lloyds Bank building at Carfax).

The family must have moved to Stone in Kent shortly after Percy’s birth in 1892, as their next child Alice was born there in 1893. They were back in Jericho by early 1895, this time at 30 Victor Street, but had moved nearby to 30 Victor Street by 1895, and to 53 Juxon Street by 1897.

In about 1900 the family moved to their first address in St Margaret’s parish at 40 Hayfield Road.

At the time of the 1901 census Percy (8) was living at 40 Hayfield Road with his father Percy (37), his mother Lenna (36), and his siblings Harry (10), Alice (7), Annie (6), William (3), and Frank (five months). Percy's youngest sibling Constance was born in 1907

From September 1905 to July 1910 Percy attended the City of Oxford High School for Boys in George Street.

The family was still at 40 Hayfield Road in 1905, but by 1907 they had moved to 51 Plantation Road, also in St Margaret’s parish.

In September 1910 when he was 18, Percy was appointed an assistant schoolmaster at Henley-on-Thames. He was there at the time of the 1911 census, boarding with his uncle, the wheelwright G. Rawlings.

In October 1912 Percy was matriculated as a non-collegiate student at the University of Oxford from St Catherine’s Society.

Poppy In the First World War Percy Leslie Stephen Phipps volunteered and served as a Lance Corporal in the 9th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 22719). He died of fever in the Isolation Hospital in Weymouth at the age of 23 on 1 March 1916, possibly while still training. He is buried in Weymouth Cemetery (B “C” 2057). His parents paid for the additional inscription A LOVED ONE SLEEPING to be added to his headstone. His parents were not not granted a war gratuity, as he had not served for a sufficient length of time.

School memorial to Phipps

As well as on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church, Phipps is remembered on a plaque in the Old Boys’ High School, George Street (left).

St Catherine's war memorial

Phipps was also listed on the St Catherine’s Society War Memorial, which was lost, but replaced in St Cross Church (right) when St Catherine’s College was built.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Percy’s parents
  • Lena Louisa Phipps died at the age of 70 and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 12 July 1935.
  • Percy Joseph Phipps continued to live at 51 Plantation Road until his death at the age of 78. He was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 14 November 1942.
Percy’s siblings
  • Harry Joseph Theodore Phipps married Alice May Taylor at St Andrew's Church in Headington on 25 April 1916.
  • Alice Lily Lucy Phipps married George Leslie Bowerman at St Margaret’s Church on 26 February 1916. She was then living as a servant at 131 Banbury Road.
  • Annie Kathleen Louie Phipps married Arthur Bowerman at Ss Philip & James's Church, Oxford on 29 October 1922
  • William Cyril Bernard Feldon Phipps married Eva Agnes Edgington at Ss Philip & James's Church, Oxford on 26 December 1925.
  • Frank Walter Phipps married Beatrice Kate Bearman of Runwell, Wickford, Essex in 1928 (Chelmsford district, third quarter). He died at the age of 65 in July 1966.
  • Constance Lenna Margaret Phipps married William J Hiscock in 1932 (reg. Headington district, fourth quarter). She died in Oxford at the age of 86 in 1993.

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