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Philpotts & Duckett

By kind permission of Michael Purcell  11/2011

Marriage of Major L. M. Philpotts, R.F.A., and Miss Duckett.

The marriage of Miss Amy Anne Charlotte Duckett, only daughter of Mr. Steuart James Charles Duckett, D.L., and Mrs. Duckett, of Russellstown Park, County  Carlow, and Major Louis Murray Philpotts, D.S.O., took place in the Parish Church of Urglin yesterday afternoon. The decorations in the church, which were principally floral; were very admirably conceived and carried out.

The greatest portion of the seating accommodation was reserved for invited guests. The Rev. H. J. Philpotts, the father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Dr, L. Barry, rector, officiated. The bride, who was accompanied by her father, was attended by two train bearers—Miss Hester Plunket and the. Honorable John Browne—and the following bridesmaids—Miss  Evelyn  Vivian (cousin of the bride), Miss Sybil Philpotts (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Maude Butler, Miss Grace Tiruen, Miss Muriel Rochfort, Miss Thomas, and Miss deBurgh. The bridegroom was attended by Captain Preestman. R.F.A., as best man. The bride's gown was of white satin, covered with Marquisette body and Court train covered with old. Limerick lace, which was the gift of her grandmother, Lady Anne Dick Lauder. The bouquet which she carried was white lilac and lily of the valley.

The bridesmaids costumes were white cascade de soie trimmed with St. Patrick’s blue, blue moire silk, hats, with while feathers, made by the Irish Distressed Ladies Society. Bouquets—Pink chrysanthemums, tied with blue ribbon. The gifts of the bridegroom to the bridesmaids were old paste and amethyst brooches. The bridal procession passed up the nave of the church, which was lined at either side by non-commissioned officers of the Royal Field Artillery, and at the conclusion of the ceremony- the newly wedded pair returned under an arch of steel. A reception was afterwards held .at Ruasellstown Park, where the guests were received by Mr. and Mrs. Steuart Duckett, who had issued 500 invitations. The presents to the bride rind bridegroom were very numerous and valuable.

 Source: Michael Purcell <> & PPP.

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 River.

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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