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Remembered Today:

Sapper George Phillipson 45206 R.E. 89th Field Coy.


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I'm looking for any information on the circumstances of Sapper George Phillipson's death. Where he might of fallen and during which action.

Sapper George Phillipson 45206 R.E. 89th Field Coy. Died of wounds 10th August 1915.

CWGC has him buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY I believe this was the location of a medical station. Any info would be much appreciated.


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SDGW have him as: Died of wounds

Theatre of war: France & Flanders

Supplementary Notes: (189TH FIELD COY., R.E.).

So it looks like youe medical station is on the right track


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I've done some research in to 89th Field Coy, R.E. They were involved with The Battle of Hooge, which took place 19th, 30th of July and 9th August 1915. The action on 19th July was initiated by the detonation of the Hooge Mine the resulting crater lip being then occupied by the 4th Middlesex. The action on 30th July saw the first use of Flamethrowers, used by the Germans in recapturing the Hooge Crater. The 9th August saw the DLI reclaim the position with great losses. I'm uncertain in which of these actions George was mortally wounded, but I rather hope he didn't fall victim to the flamethrowers.


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