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Philip Archer GUMMET


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12 Jun 1893 (PCG) (S/1893, Islington, 1b, 393) (FreeBMD)


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17 Jul 1920 Church of the Sacred Heart, Eden Grove, Holloway, Islington (cert) (locate on Multimap)

spouse Mary Flavella CONNOR

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16 Nov 1976 Romford, Essex (PCG)
(D/1976, Havering, 13, 195)(

buried Barkingside Cemetery, Essex (CG-K)


1901 census  40, Mountgrove Road, Stoke Newington, Islington (locate on Multimap)
1911 census1911 census  70, Romilly Road, Finsbury Park, London

17 Jul 1920 28, St Thomas' Road 

1939 register1939 register 104 Waldegrave Road, Ilford, Essex


1911 census  Pastry Cook Apprentice
Completed an apprenticeship as a French Polisher before WW1 (PCG)

WW1 Served in Egypt as a Driver (Royal Engineers) reg no 70294 See Philip's Medal record card

17 Jul 1920 French Polisher



29 Sep 1939 School Caretaker (1939 register)

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Philip had never ridden a horse before he joined the army and he became very attached to his horses. He was in the Royal Engineers (Signal Section) from 1914 - 1919. After finishing his training, he was sent to Egypt for the Gallipoli campaign, then in 1915 went to the western front in France where he served until end of war, whereupon he was sent into Germany as part of the Army of Occupation.
During the war, radio/wireless was still very much in its infancy and the army had to rely mainly on a cable network to send messages. Philip's Signal Section's job was to lay and maintain these cables, quite a job I would think as the front line moved kept moving (as the army advanced or retreated) and cables were being cut by shell fire.

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