Forever England - R Tate and H Phipps
6 High Street
During World War One, this shop was run by James Tate (pictured when Mayor of Wells) as a Wine and Spirit retailer.
Corporal Robert Somers Tate was James’ nephew, and the grandson of William Tate, who ran the shop before James. Robert was killed in December 1914. The Wells Journal reports: “He was shot in the head and passed away unconscious from the time he was hit.” A wooden cross marked the spot in a village churchyard in Belgium where he was buried. He was a splendid soldier, “fearless under fire and unselfish,”.
Private Henry James Phipps,who was before the war in the employ of Tate’s Wine and Spirit Merchants, served in the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in August 1918. “Private Phipps who lived at 3 Park View, Silver Street, has been killed in France leaving a widow and two young children. He was hit by a sniper’s bullet and killed instantaneously. He was 29 years of age.”
Image © Wells & Mendip Museum
Private Phipps information extracted from "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman - available for purchase
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