Arthur Francis Philbey

Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Corporal
Regiment Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment 6th Battalion.
Date of Death 07/04/1916
Service No 17620
Grave/Memorial Reference
Cemetery Merville Communal Cemetery, 15 kms north of Bethune and 20 kms south-west of Armentieres in France. Merville was a billeting and hospital centre from 1915-1918.
Casualty Died of wounds

Note:                            Arthur Philbey's name is incorrectly spelt on the War Memorial.

Additional Information

Son of Joseph (1870 – 1943) and Clara Philbey (nee Barlow) (1866 – 1946) of 11, Queen's Road, Finchley.

Arthur Francis Philbey was born in Tring, Hertfordshire in September 1895. After living in Woodford for a while his family, three brothers, one sister and parents, moved into 11 Queens Road, Finchley (1911 census), off Squires Lane. He is listed as a "Coach builder". He joined The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire). His Army record states he enlisted on 19/7/1915. He was awarded Victory and British Star medals. His brother Ernest, was at the time a Police officer, and later became cemetery gatekeeper for St Pancras Cemetery on Finchley High Rd. His second wife worked in the flower shop next to the cemetery. Arthur's parents Joseph and Clara are buried in St Pancras cemetery.

1901 Census – family living in Tring, Herts.

Parents with their first three children: Minnie aged 11 (1890-1980), Ernest, aged 9, and Arthur aged 5. Father’s occupation is ‘blacksmith’. Interestingly, Minnie married Frank Stiles (1893-1947) whose younger brothers, Cyril and Percy, died in the 1st Wolrd War and are listed on the St Paul's memorial.


On 10th January 1904, the family were living at 4 Stonnell's Flats in Long Lane, Finchley. On that date, Hilda (b. 1903) was baptised by the Revd Samuel Mayall, the Vicar, in St Paul's. Revd Mayall baptised Herbert (b. 1905) on 24th September 1905 in St Paul's, at which point the family were living at 11 Queens Road, Finchley.  


1911 Census – family living at 11 Queens Road, Finchley

Parents been married 21 years and had 6 children, all still living. Arthur's father is a steam roller driver for Finchley Urban District Council. Besides the parents, the following children are listed:

Arthur served in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, enlisting on 19th July 1915. At the start of 1916, the 6th battalion were in the Neuve Chapelle area where they were engaged in trench warfare until April.