Roll of Honour

Assistant Paymaster

James MacArthur Philps


James MacArthur Philps was born on the 2nd February 1893 in Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. He was one of five sons born to Reverend George Mitchell Philps (1854-1917) and Rachel Philps (née Parker). His father, George Mitchell Philps was an ordained minister in the Free Church of Scotland who was translated (transferred) to Glasgow in 1898 although he had previously studied at Trinity College which was based there.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

James went to school in Glasgow, Albert Road Academy and Hutcheson’s Grammar. His connection to the University of Glasgow came when he spent a year of study there and joined the Officer Training Corps. In the autumn of 1913 he matriculated, enrolling in the class of Mercantile Law. His brother, 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Christie Philps, had also been a student at the same time, however, he had been killed in action earlier on the 19th July 1916 at the Somme.

James was a Chartered Accountant's Assistant when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve when war began and served as an Assistant Paymaster. Assistant Paymaster James MacArthur Philps died on the 12th September 1916 at 63 Albert Road, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, having been ill for five months. His cause of death was listed as tuberculosis of the larynx. He was 23. His name is commemorated on the Albert Road Academy War Memorial.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records.