Private 41568 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Edward Phillips was born in Farncombe in 1888, the son of John and Emily.
The censuses record that in 1891 his family lived in Godalming, and his father was a coachman, and in 1901 they lived in Chiddingfold. In 1911 Edward was a gardener and lived in Haslemere.
Soldiers Died records that he enlisted at Hartley Wintney and that he was formerly T4/141494 Royal Army Service Corps. He had died of wounds. A form was completed for the Ash War Memorial committee stating that Edward Phillips served for 1 year 9 months, and had transferred from the ASC.
The Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects records that Edward died in No 2 Can General Hospital in France; and that his next of kin was his widow Florence E and they had a daughter called Doris.
Edward married Florence E Jordan in 1912. Born in Aldershot, the daughter of a stoker at the gas works, she was a parlourmaid in Haslemere in 1911.
His wife Florence Philips was recorded as living at 3 Elson Cottages, Ash Street, in the 1918 electoral register. His parents John and Emily Phillips lived at Liphook.
Private 33296, 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
George Comfort was born at 47 Union Street Aldershot c.1877, the son of William and Emma.
The censuses record that in 1881 and 1891 his father was a printer and stationer in Union Street, Aldershot. The 1901 census records that George and his brother Jethro Daniel were both postmen, and the family had moved to 149 High Street Aldershot. It was still the family home in 1911.
George married Ellen Selina Dalton in 1897. The 1911 census records that George and Ellen lived at 45 Elms Road with their three children. George was a postman.
The Surrey and Hants News 13 Dec 1917 reported that Private Comfort had died of wounds. He was formerly postmaster at Ash, and his wife and children lived at 45 Elms Road Aldershot. George’s probate records that he died in 16th General Hospital in France. His effects were valued at £195 9s 4d.