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Looking for Vernon Phipps

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MarieCeleste Report 22 Aug 2013 23:06

Seeing as Sarah-fiona has been so nice, here's some more!

This one has a teensy photo if you scrolldown


MarieCeleste Report 22 Aug 2013 22:53

I've no idea if this is the right man, but there is a Vernon Phipps in Chorleywood (sometimes listed as Herts and sometimes as London) from 1957 to 1984 (when the records end)

British Phone Books, 1880-1984

Name: Vernon Phipps
Address: 105 Whltelands Av
Exchange: Chorleywd
City/Town: Chorleywood
Directory Title: Outer London: South Hertfordshire & North Middlesex
Publication Year: 1984
Directory County: Hertfordshire, Middlesex
Page Number: 406


patchem Report 22 Aug 2013 22:49


I thought that birth was with this death:

Vernon Arthur Phipps
Birth Date: 20 Jan 1920
Date of Registration: Apr 1994
Age at Death: 74
Registration District: South Glamorgan
Inferred County: South Glamorgan
Register Number: B22A
District and Subdistrict: 8901B
Entry number: 77


Sarah-fiona Report 22 Aug 2013 22:36

Thank you all so much for your replies, all very much appreciated, but MarieCeleste has come up trumps!


safc Report 22 Aug 2013 21:49


Births Mar 1920 (>99%)
Phipps Vernon A James Crickhowell 11b 170


patchem Report 22 Aug 2013 21:35

In that case, I cannot see a birth for him, unless Vernon was his middle name.


MarieCeleste Report 22 Aug 2013 21:23

There's loads if you use google - here's just one example:

It appears he died 2009. Extract from 2009 BBC newsletter on link above

"Vernon Phipps died on June 11 aged 91.
I oncetoldVernon I would write his obituary.
‘Not on your life,’ he replied. ‘I want to go quietly away with nothing said.’
This was very typical, but perhaps he would just allow me to state that his family
and his surviving friends have said farewell to a truly remarkable man – army explosives expert during the war, in the rearguard at Dunkirk, an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and all that went on at Ealing, brilliant motor-cycle mechanic, hilarious raconteur, linguist, expert on Samuel Pepys, and above all a good friend and a devoted family man.
I could say a great deal more, but he wanted to go ‘quietly away’.
Goodbye Vernon, and thank you."

Google, google, google!


patchem Report 22 Aug 2013 21:22

Have you got an approximate year of birth for him?

When you say that he is a possible relative, do you know who his parents are, and how he is related to your friend?

It is highly unlikely that anyone on here will know him, we can just try and find information about him.

Have you looked to see if he is in anyone's tree on here?


Sarah-fiona Report 22 Aug 2013 21:16

I write on behalf of a friend who is looking for a possible relative, though there is a small chance they could still be alive. We have very little information to go on, but does anyone know or know of a Vernon Phipps who lived in England and worked at Ealing Studios at one point in the 50's and 60's?