7992 Brigadier Philip KIRKUP, DSO*, OBE, MC, MiD*, TD, Durham Light Infantry

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    Personal Number: 7992
    Rank: Brigadier
    Name: Philip KIRKUP, DSO*, OBE, MC, MiD*, TD, DL
    Unit: Durham Light Infantry

    London Gazette : 26 August 1915
    The Durham Light Infantry; Lieutenant Philip Kirkup to be temporary Captain. Dated 10th June, 1915.

    London Gazette : 24 September 1918
    Capt. (A./Lt.-Col.) Philip Kirkup, D.S.O., M.C., Durh. L.I.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the night before a battle opened this officer was sent to the Field Ambulance with a temperature of 103 deg., but on hear- ing the barrage he left and attempted to rejoin his unit, which was impossible, so he collected all the men he could and organised a defensive position, which he held on to as long as possible. During the next two days he several times assisted in rallying men and holding up the enemy advance, and when ammunition had almost run out, he rode back and brought up small arms ammuni- tion, riding practically into the front line with it. Throughout the whole period he did much to organise stragglers and beep them in the fighting line, being without sleep, and having little food for five days.
    (D.S.O. gazetted 16th September, 1918.)

    London Gazette : 6 January 1931
    8th Bn. Durham L.L—
    Maj. P. Kirkup, D.S.O., M.C., T.D., to be Lt.-Col. 23rd Dec. 1930.

    London Gazette : 1 February 1938
    8th Bn. Durham L.L—
    Lt.-Col. & Bt. Col. P. Kirkup, D.S.O., M.C., T.D., is supern. on vacating comd. 23rd Dec. 1937.

    London Gazette : 1 September 1939
    The undermentioned appts. are made:—
    Col. P. Kirkup, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T.D., to be Bde. Comdr. (temp.), and is granted the temp, rank of Brig, whilst so empld. 25th Aug. 1939.

    London Gazette : 20 December 1940
    The names of the undermentioned have been brought to notice in recognition of distinguished services in connection with operations in the field. March-June, 1940.
    Col. (Temp. Brig.) P. KIRKUP, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T.D. (T.A.).

    London Gazette : 10 November 1942
    Commissions signed by The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Durham.
    Brigadier Philip Kirkup, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T .D ., of Crieff Villa, Craghead, Co. Durham,

    London Gazette : 16 September 1943
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa : —
    Commands and Staff.
    Col. P. Kirkup, D.S O., O B E., M.C., T.D. (7992), late Durham L I

    London Gazette : 29 October 1943
    Col. P. Kirkup, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T.D. 1(7992), is granted the hon. rank of Brig. 13th June 1943.

    London Gazette : 2 January 1948
    The undermentioned Cols. (Hon. Brigs.) to be Supern. to the Estab., 11th Apr. 1945: —
    P. KIRKUP, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T.D., D.L. (7992).

    London Gazette : 13 July 1956
    Lt.-Col. John BRAMWELL, T.D. (16100), is appointed Hon. Col., 8th Bn., 1st July 1956, vice Brig. Philip KIRKUP, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., T.D., D.L. (7992), tenure expired.
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    Photograph of the man taken in 1941 in Iceland [?] courtesy of Jim (formerly Verrieres) who I believe still works with the Brigadiers Grandson .

    Another member of the `Kirkup` family Captain F D B Kirkup was killed with the DLI on the 9th September 1943 and lies at Salerno [aged 27] He was the son of `Philips` brother.
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    Captain Frederick (David) Brookes Kirkup was the son of Colonel Ernest Hodgson Kirkup and Helen Chadwick Brookes. Ernest Hodgson Kirkup who was Brigadier Philip Kirkup`s brother and Frederick his nephew .

    Captain Frederick Brookes Kirkup was killed in action on September 9th 1943 at Salerno during the allied landings on mainland Italy. Captain Frederick Brookes Kirkup was in charge of the 16th Battalion Durham Light Infantry`s brengun carriers and was working in support of the 5th Hampshire Regiment when he was killed . Frederick Brookes Kirkup served prior to joining the 16th DLI with the 8th DLI (pre WW2) .

    Just to add Frederick(David) Brookes Kirkup had a brother William Brookes Kirkup who died in 1995. William Brookes Kirkup also served with the Durham Light Infantry ,the 11th DLI . He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th DLI on 8th December 1937. Embodied into the regular army on the approach of the outbreak of war 24th August 1939. Posted to 11th DLI on 11th January 1940. Posted to 70th Bde HQ on 15th January 1940. Served in France with the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) Mentioned in Despatches for Gallant Conduct . Returned via Dunkirk . Posted back to 11th DLI 24th September 1940 as Company Commander. Served in Iceland with the 11th DLI. Served in Normandy 1944. He transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 17th March 1945 .Promoted Captain in June 1945 he resumed his role as a reserve officer in 1948.
    William lived at The Croft, The Bryn, Coychurch, Bridgend. He was a director of Bayswater Tubes and Sections Ltd 1991 until his death in 1995. (Verrieres)

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