Lance Corporal 50233 PHILIP CARTRIDGE
166th Brigade, 55th Division, 1stArmy, 1 Corps,
Buried Houchin British Cemetery Pas de Calais France The cemetery was opened in March 1918 when the 6th Casualty Clearing Station came to Houchin. From April 1918 the German advance made Houchin unsafe for hospitals so the cemetery was used by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division.
Son of Fanny Cartridge, 114 Dale House Fold, Poynton.
According to the 1901 census Philip was living in Madeley in Shropshire, but by 1911 he had moved to Poynton with his mother Fanny, 3 brothers William James, Thomas, and Alfred, and his sister Kate and niece Bertha Anne.
THE GERMAN SPRING OFFENSIVE
The German Offensive was in full swing in the south, and the British Fifth Army was slowly retreating. Further north the enemy had not yet made a move, and all was quiet, but this proved to be the lull before the storm. The 5th South Lancs. were to see heavy fighting defending their lines around Givenchy. On the 14th May 1918 the 5th Battalion South Lancashire’s were entrenched in the Loisne sector of the battlefront. They were relieved on the 15th and went into billets at Verquigineul where it remained as divisional reserve until the 19.th Sudden orders were received on the 20th instructing them to move forward to the support trenches and relieve the 1/5 Kings Liverpool Regiment. On the 24th the battalion took over the front line from the 10th Kings Liverpool Regiment.
On the 25th they were in the front line and were under consistent shelling from 10am to 3 pm. The Germans had made local gains along an area known as “Route A” but the Battalion held fast and the South Lancs front was not affected. The battalion stayed in this area until the 2nd June until they retired to Number 2 camp at Vaudricourt as divisional reserve. Thought-out this time they were under constant threat of shell fire, it was one such shell that took the life of Private Cartridge.
News has been received by Mrs Cartridge of 114 Dale House Fold Poynton, that their youngest son Philip Cartridge of the South Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on the western front on May 25th . He was 19 years of age, and had joined the colours 15 months ago, prior to which he was employed at Messrs E. R. Buck and Sons shirt factory, Poynton.
A letter has been received from the chaplain dated May 27th, 1918“My dear Mrs Cartridge It is with very much sorrow that I have to be the bearer of sad news. Your son Lance Corporal Cartridge was with his platoon in the front line on the evening of May 25th, when a shell fell and killed and wounded several men. Amongst those who were killed was your dear son. His body was brought over to the aid post and prepared for burial, and last night was taken over to the military cemetery of Houchin. He was laid to rest by one of your military chaplains at 3.00pm this afternoon. I can understand how great will be the loss to you and those who love him. He was a good boy and lived a good life and was an influence to all who came across him. I feel sure he was a lad who was ready for whatever should come to him. May God take him into rest and peace out of this world of war, and may you be so helped by God to bear this loss of your son bravely and courageously and look forward to the time when you will meet him again and try to remember that God has called your son to another great task in a place nearer himself. His life is not wasted only transformed to another scene of activity. God comfort you”.
T.C. de la Hey Chaplin South Lancashire regiment
The inscription on Philip’s headstone says
“Not gone from memory or from love but to his father’s home above”
Stockport Advertiser June 7th, 1918.
“In loving memory of Lance Corporal Philip Cartridge
Could we have raised his dying head and heard his last farewell. The grief would not have been so hard to those who loved him well. God be with you till we meet again.”
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Phil Underwood for compiling this page on Philip.