A Very Early 1915 Rifle Brigade casualty trio awarded to Rifleman Thomas Philpot, 2nd Battalion The Rifle Brigade who was Killed in Action near Fauquissart on the 25th January 1915 only 5 days after the Battalion had been visited by Brigadier-General J.E. Gough VC, who was mortally wounded by a machine-gun sniper whilst conducting the Battalion visit comprising; 1914-15 Star (B-625 Pte. T. Philpot. Rif: Brig); 1914-1920 British War and Victory Medals, (B-625 Pte. T. Philpot. Rif.Brig.), lightly toned very fine.
Thomas Philpot enlisted into the 7th Battalion The Rifle Brigade on the 24th August 1914 in Poplar giving his trade as Postman. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion on the 3rd December 1914, the day he landed in France, although his medal index card shows 3rd December 1915. However the copy of Army From B104-82, a copy of which is included in his service papers shows that his relatives were informed that he had been killed in action on the 25th January 1915. He left his personal effects to Mrs White, a “Princess Mary Box, Complete, 1 Pipe, 1 lighter and 1 letter”.
Sold with Commonwealth War Graves Details and extract of Battalion war Diary from British Battalion on the Western Front January to June 1915. Copy Medal Index Card and 18 pages of copied Service Papers.