PHILPOTTS Henry John
Regiment : 156th Battalion The Parachute Regiment Army Airborne Corps
Service number : 14642734
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 18th September 1944 aged 19
Buried : Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands, Special Memorial 8. B. 4.
Memorial : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School
Also appears on : Bewdley War Memorial with the information: Pte
Additional information on the memorial: Parachute Regiment. Killed in action 18 September 1944. Age 19.
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
Henry Philpotts was born on 3rd May 1925. He entered Foster House, Old Swinford Hospital on 19th June 1934.
The 156th Battalion of the 1st Airborne Division were part of Operation ‘Market Garden’. On the morning of 18th September 1944 they were scheduled to jump from Dakota aircraft over their designated drop zone. The aircraft were delayed by low lying mist at their airfields resulting in a delay of several hours. Arriving over their drop zone at 15.00 hours they met exceptionally heavy flak during the final 20 minutes of the run-in. The Dakota carrying Henry Philpotts was hit and brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW II published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1996.
A letter from Reverend G.H. Sharpe, The Rectory, Bewdley dated 6th July 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Private Henry John Philpotts, Army Airborne Corps be added to the county roll of honour.
A letter from the Reverend Charles Hand, Wribbenhall near Bewdley dated 5th July 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Henry John Philpotts be added to the county roll of honour.