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William Allan Luther PHILPOTT

William Allan Luther  PHILPOT / PHILPOTT

Per his military service record (regimental no. 5164), William Allan Luther Philpot was born at Ashfield, N.S.W. (He signed his name as W. A. L. Philpott). He gave his age as 19 years, his marital status as single, and his occupation as carter. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 6 inches tall, weight 120 lbs., with a fresh complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Congregational. He claimed that he had no previous military service, and that he had been rejected for the AIF in the past.

He completed his medical examination, and was attested by Lieutenant F. Middenway, at Ashfield on 11th November 1915, where the Coo-ees held a recruitment meeting, and stayed in the Drill Hall that evening.

After the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 4th January 1916 Private Philpot was transferred from B Company to D Company in the 13th Battalion.

On 3rd February 1916 Private Philpot was charged with being absent from parade without leave. He was fined 1 days pay.

On 2nd March 1916 he was again charged with being absent without leave, and fined 1 days pay.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Morwin Street, Canberbury, Sydney, N.S.W., and his next of kin was listed as his mother, Mrs M. A. Philpot, at the same address.

Private Philpot (along with fellow Coo-ees Private William Griffiths and Robert Hickey) departed Sydney on the HMAT A16 Star of Victoria A16 on 31st March 1916, as 16th reinforcements for the 13th Battalion. They arrived in Egypt on 8th May 1916.

After further training with the 4th Training Battalion, Private Philpot was taken on strength of the 13th Battalion at Serapeum on 28th May 1916.

On 1st June 1916 Private Philpot left Alexandria aboard the Transport Transylvania bound for France, and arrived at Marseilles on 8th June 1916.

On 1st July 1916 the 13th Battalion was manning the front line at White City post in the vicinity of Bois-Grenier in France. Private Philpot was wounded in action during a German bombardment, and was evacuated suffering shell shock.

He was moved back to the 14th General Hospital, being admitted on 13th July 1916. On 14th July 1916 he was placed aboard the Hospital Ship St Dennis at Boulogne, for evacuation to England.

He was admitted to the Northumberland War Hospital at Gosforth in England on 15th July 1916.

On 31st July 1916 he was transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital at Epsom in England.

On 10th September 1916 he was discharged and sent to the Number 1 Command Depot at Pernham Downs, England.

On 14th September 1916 Private Philpot was granted leave to report back to the Depot at Pernham Downs on 6th October 1916.

On 31st October 1916 Private Philpot was admitted to the Dehli Hospital at Pernham Downs suffering from Influenza.

On 29th November 1916 he was transferred to the Red Cross Hospital at Hungerford in England. He was discharged and sent back to the Number 1 Command Depot on 4th January 1917.

On 27th January 1917 Private Philpot was admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, suffering from an unknown illness. He was discharged and sent back to the Number 1 Command Depot on 5th March 1917.

On 14th March 1917 Private Philpot was admitted sick to Dehli Hospital at Pernham Downs, and returned to his unit the next day.

On 23rd March 1917 Private Philpot was transferred to the newly formed 61st Battalion at Wareham in England.

On 21st April 1917 he was transferred back to the 13th Battalion and Number 1 Command Depot at Pernham Downs, England.

On 12th May 1917 Private Philpot marched into Number 1 Command Depot at Pernham Downs, England.

On 27th May 1917 Private Philpot was transferred to the 69th Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps at South Carlton in Lincolnshire.

On 24th August 1917 3rd A.M. [Air Mechanic 3rd Class] Philpot departed England for France. He disembarked at Le Harve in France on 25th August 1917.

Soon after his arrival in France, on 28th August 1917 3rd A.M. Philpot was admitted to hospital sick. He was discharged from hospital on 20th September 1917, and joined the 69th Squadron, which had recently relocated to Savy in France.

On 17th October 1917 3rd A.M. Philpot was admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Abbeville in France, suffering from D.A.H. otitis.

On 20th October 1917 he was placed aboard the 32nd Ambulance Train, and on 21st October 1917 he was placed aboard a Hospital Ship for evacuation to England with otitis media. He was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital later that same day.

On 22nd December 1917 he was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, England.

On 2nd January 1918 he was granted leave to report to the Number 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott in England on 16th January 1918.

On 19th February 1918 Private Philpot was transferred to the Number 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, England.

On 12th March 1918 Private Philpot commenced his return to Australia, and departed England aboard the Transport Kenilworth Castle. He transferred to the H.M.A.T. Field Marshall, and departed Durban in South Africa on 28th April 1918, and arrived in Australia on 23rd May 1918.

He was discharged Medically Unfit on 21st August 1918.

The 22 Ashfield recruits

Who were the 22 Ashfield recruits?

The Coo-ees held a recruiting meeting, and stayed the night at the Drill Hall at Ashfield on Thursday, 11th November, 1915 – their last night of the Coo-ee March on their long route from Gilgandra to Sydney.

This is now the site of the Ashfield Boys High School gymnasium, and a new car park named Coo-ee Car Park in memory of the 1915 Coo-ee March built recently by the Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.  A plaque about the Coo-ees at Ashfield was unveiled at the Coo-ee Car Park on 21st April 2015.

Plaque at Coo-ee Car Park, Ashfield (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 23/4/2015)

Plaque at Coo-ee Car Park, Ashfield (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 23/4/2015)

A plaque on an obelisk is situated in the grounds of the Ashfield Boys High School. It has been there for some time. On it are the words: “Celebrating Gilgandra Coo-ee Marchers 11 November 1915 22 Ashfield men joined with the Coo-ee marches here on this day”.

Coo-ee March obelisk at Ashfield Boys High School (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 3/3/2014)

Coo-ee March obelisk at Ashfield Boys High School (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 3/3/2014)

Although the “official” count for the total number of Coo-ees recruited on the 1915 Gilgandra to Sydney Coo-ee March per newspaper articles of the time was 263, with Ashfield having a total of 22 recruits, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on 13th November 1915 (p. 19) that ‘the contingent left the western suburb’ of Ashfield ‘about 263 strong, but there are others now to be sworn in – men who joined the little army yesterday.’ The Farmer and Settler reported about Coo-ees numbers on 21st December 1915 (p. 3) that ‘there were no fewer than 277 men on their last pay sheet in camp’.

We have found the following names of 23 men who were attested at Ashfield at the time the Coo-ees were recruiting at Ashfield. We note that one (Bert Kilduff) had paperwork dating only from 12th November 1915 in his service record, so perhaps the ”official” count of 22 recruits was taken the night before at Ashfield, and he was not included.  Although two others also completed their medical examination and signed their attestation paper at Ashfield on the 12th November 1915 (Thomas Edward Bow and Charles Seal), they had both signed the bottom of the first page in their ‘Attestation paper of persons enlisted for service abroad’ on the 11th November 1915.

Attested 11th November 1915 at Ashfield

Robert AYRES (service no. 4729)

Richard John CROCKER (no service no.)

Edward Lewis CUDDEFORD (service no. 5352)

Harold Brooks DAVIS (service no. 4759)

Edgar DAWSON (no service no.)

Thomas DELANEY (service no. 4764)

William ELLERY (service no. 4769)

Richard EVANS (service no. 5368)

Joseph Jacob John HERRINGE (service no. 5700)

Robert Michael HICKEY (service no. 5099)

Albert HULBERT (no service no.)

Hector LEE (service no. Depot)

Thomas LIPSCOMBE (service no. 4826)

Sam LUKE (service no. 4830)

Joseph Raymond MCGUIRE (service no. 4857)

Selby George MEGARRITY (service no. 4841)

William Allen Luther PHILPOT/PHILPOTT (service no. 5164)

William WEBBER (service no. 4917)

Jack Graham WIGGINS (service no. 4918)

Joseph John WILLIAMS (service no. 4912)

Attested 12th November 1915 at Ashfield the (the day the Coo-ees left Ashfield and the last day of the Coo-ee March)

Charles Edward BOW (service no. 4735)

Bert KILDUFF (service no. 4818)

Thomas SEAL (service no. 4895)

Not all of these men were local to the Ashfield area. Some were men who had joined the Coo-ees earlier in the march, or caught up with them at Ashfield, who signed their attestation paper to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force at Ashfield.

William Ellery was reported to be a long term resident of the Dunedoo area before he left to join the Coo-ees.  Edgar Dawson started filling out his paperwork in his service record in Bathurst.  Jack Wiggins was known as a Springwood recruit. Sam Luke joined the Coo-ees at St Marys. Selby Megarrity undertook his medical at Penrith, the day before the Coo-ees arrived at Ashfield.

Fourteen of the Ashfield recruits embarked overseas with the majority of the Coo-ees on the transport  HMAT A15 Star of England on the 8th March 1916.  Five more embarked on other ships soon after.

An individual blog entry will be added to this website for each of the above named Coo-ees.