Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 30306
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 22 October 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Philip's father, Charles Frederick Springate was born in Ireland. It's not known when he came to live in Stockport but, certainly, he was in the town in the autumn of 1877, when he married Henrietta Norbury. Three years later they had a son, Ernest, who survived. Three years after that Frederick was born. It's possible that they then had other children who did not survive but, some years later, in 1891, Philip was born.

Henrietta died between January and March 1894, but Charles married again in the autumn of 1898. His new wife was Isabella Willcock.

The 1901 Census shows Charles, then aged 49, to be working as a warehouseman in the town's hatting industry. Ernest was a gardener in a nursery and Frederick worked as baker and confectioner. It is not known what Philip did for a living until he enlisted into the army around early 1915. He was killed in the action described here and, as with many men that day, he has no known grave.

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