Born, 18 Sept 1894
Parents Henry and Alice (née Hurdman).
Educated at Park Road Board School, Hull and employed in the Sanitary Department of Hull Corporation.
At the 1911 Census, himself 16 years of age, he is given as a ‘general labourer’ and was living with his parents, seven siblings ages 5 to 21 and his 81 year old grandmother at 4 Finsbury Grove, Fountain Road, Hull.
Enlisted 4 September 1914.
Left England for the Front 21 January 1915.
Severely wounded in action a few days later at Cuinchy near La Bassée, Philip died in the 1st Field Hospital at 3:30pm 2 February.
He was buried in Bethune Town Cemetery.
11466 Pte Philip Arthur Blanshard, 2 Bn Coldstream Guards
2 February 1915
For more on the Coldstream Guards at Cuinchy.
Research by Jonathan Vernon
Sources: English Census Returns, The Western Front Association Pension and Ledger Cards on Fold3 by Ancestry, Du Ruvingny’s Roll of Honour, Census Returns. Kingston upon Hall War Memorial, In Memory (Bethune Cemetery) by Pierre Vandervelden