Private Phillip Charles Panting (39852)

2nd Bn, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), 58th Brigade, 19th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St Mary Guarlford,

Burial/Commemoration: Soissons Memorial

Nature of Death: Died of wounds France 1/6/18

Age: 20

Next of Kin: Son of the late Thomas and Ellen Panting of The Herriots, Clevelode, Malvern

Education: Guarlford School

Previous Employment: At Dudley

Phillip Charles Panting

In September 1918 the Malvern News reported: “Pte P C Panting (the son of Mrs Panting, Clevelode) Wiltshire Regiment, was killed in action or died of wounds on the 1st June 1918 in France. His elder brother died a year ago from disease contracted with the army. He was educated at Guarlford School, and went to work in Dudley. He was 20 and had been in the army for 9 months. He left for France on the 1st May 1918.”

Phillip Panting is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. This memorial commemorates the men who were killed in the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne, 1918, in which comparatively small bodies of British troops played a conspicuous part in defeat and in victory. The original British Expeditionary Force crossed the Aisne in August 1914 a few kilometres West of Soissons, and re-crossed it in September a few kilometres East. The city remained for three and a half years within the range of German artillery, and more than once comparatively slight movements of the French and German front lines on the Aisne were purchased by weeks of desperate fighting and intense bombardment. From the end of May 1918 to the beginning of the following August Soissons was again in German hands, and it is to the British losses of that period that the Memorial relates. There are now nearly 4,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated on this memorial.

The picture of him in Wiltshire Regiment uniform shows him wearing the badge of a Lewis Gunner.


Malvern News 21/9/18
Commonweath War Graves Commission

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