Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Andrew Christie Philps


Andrew Christie Philps (sometimes erroneously spelt 'Philips') was born on 2nd January 1891 in Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. His father, George Mitchell Philps (1854-1917) 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. He was one of five sons born to Reverend George Mitchell Philps and Rachel Philps (née Parker).

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

Andrew attended Hutcheson's Grammar School before coming to the University of Glasgow in 1908 to study the Arts. He took a variety of subjects, including: Higher English, Chemistry, Latin, Moral Philosophy and Greek. On 16th November 1912 he graduated MA. However by this point he had already started new studies in Medicine. He never received his medical degree as upon the outbreak of war he joined the 6th Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

2nd Lieutenant Andrew Christie Philps fought at the Battle of the Somme and died on 17th July 1916, aged 25. His body was never recovered and so he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. His name can also be found on the Forfar War Memorial. Tragically for the family, his brother Assistant Paymaster James MacArthur Philps, who served with the Royal Naval Reserve, died less than 2 months later.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register Please note: listed u