Other names: Philip Ernest
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Motcombe, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireStoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Bucks
Story: Philip Ernest Silcox was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15 Dec 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 13 Jan 1898 the son of Edwin James Silcox and Emma Jane Silcox (nee Weldon). They livied in Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. The father, Edwin, died in 1900 and his wife went on to re-marry a Mr. Coward. The family wnet to live in Enmore Green, Motcombe. Philip became a Postman in March 1914 in Shaftesbury just prior to the outbreak of war. He enlisted on 15 May 1916 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as Gunner (Service Nos. 153169 and TF725954). He was discharged at some time around March 1917 for an unknown reason but was appointed a Postman at Portsmouth at that time. He had been awarded the Victory and British Medals. He married Gladys Violet Louisa Dean in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 1922 but she regrettably died in 1926. Philip went on to re-marry Nora Fanny Wetherall in July 1928 in Portsmouth, Hants. They went on to have two children. Philip and family were living at 160 Kensington Road, Portsmouth, at the time of the 1939 Register and Philip was working as a Assistant Postal Inspector as well as being an Air Raid Warden. He died in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Bucks, on 9 Mar 1954.