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Ref NoD-X 780
TitleLetters of Major C.J. Phipps, D.S.O., M.C. and his brother Lieutenant C.P. Phipps, written while on active service, with other family correspondence and papers
DescriptionCanon Constantine Osborne Phipps was vicar of Aylesbury (1895-1914), then of The Lee, and married Jessie Mabel Challinor (died 1926). During the 1914-1918 War (World War I) their eldest son Constantine James Phipps served as a major in the 1st King's Liverpool Regiment attached 2nd Divisional Signal Company, of which he was commanding officer Feb 1917-1919, and died of pneumonia at Duren on 19 February 1919 aged 25. Their second son Charles Percy Phipps went to the front with the 2/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in May 1916, and was killed near Laventie on 19 July 1916 aged 20.
Most of the collection consists of their letters to their parents and each other between 1906 and 1919. There are some other letters and papers of their daughters. Evelyn Phipps married Ivor Stewart, later Stewart-Liberty, in 1913. There are some papers in this collection of the Stewart-Liberty family of Aylesbury and The Lee. Another daughter, Joan Phipps, married Guy Crouch who was later clerk of Buckinghamshire County Council.
When received all the papers (except 50 and 57) were in a small tin travelling trunk with leather handle, bearing the date 1917 in the metal. The box also contained a pair of backless ladies slippers.
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