PHILLPOTTS, LOUIS MURRAY, Captain, was born 3 June
1870, second son of the Reverend H J Phillpotts and Mrs H J
Phillpotts, of Shadwell, Speldhurst, Kent. He passed out of
Woolwich into the Royal Artillery 14 February 1890, becoming
Lieutenant 14 February 1893. He served in the South African
War, 1899-1901, in the early part of which he performed the
duties of Acting Staff Officer to the Officer Commanding the
Lines of Communication, North. Afterwards he was in the
advance on Kimberley and fought in the action of Modder
He took part in the operations in the Orange River
Colony, February to May 1900, including operations at
Paardeberg (17 to 26 February), and was also in the actions
near Johannesburg. He was present also at the operations in
the Transvaal and Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to
November 1901; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette,
10 September 1901], received the Queen's Medal with three
clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished
Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Louis
Murray Phillpotts, Captain, Royal Horse and Royal Field
Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations
in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were
sent 6 March 1902 to Walkem Rectory, Stevenage.
He was promoted to Captain 23 January 1900. He was
Divisional Adjutant, RA, 10 June 1900 to 31 March 1901;
Adjutant, RA, 1 April 1901 to 9 June 1904, and became Major
3 July 1907. He held a first-class certificate in gunnery.
Major Phillpotts served in the European War, and was
gazetted Lieutenant Colonel in October 1914, and in the
following year was promoted to the Staff, with the rank of
Brigadier General. Serving with great distinction, he was
mentioned in Despatches, and was made a Companion of St
Michael and St George.
Brigadier General L M Phillpotts was killed in action 8
September 1916, and a memoir of him appeared in the 'Times'
of 18 September 1916. The 'Morning Post' of 13 September
1916, had the following notice: "Killed in action on the 8th
September—Brigadier General Louis Murray Phillpotts, DSO,
CMG, RFA, the beloved husband of Amy Phillpotts, of
Russelstown Park, Carlow, and second son of the Reverend
H J and Mrs Phillpotts, of Shadwell, Speldhurst, Kent".
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
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