Earnshaw, Philip E

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Philip E. Earnshaw
Born 2 April 1892
Earnshaw 1915 photo detail.jpg
Place of birth Huddersfield, Yorks, England
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Brigadier
Awards CBE, DSO, MC

Brigadier Philip E. Earnshaw....


Earnshaw served in various Signals units during the Great War. He was awarded the Military Cross[1] in 1916, was Mentioned in Despatches[2] in 1918 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order[3] in 1919.

The 1923 Militia Report[4] states that Major P. Earnshaw, D.S.O., M.C., had left the College to take up an appointment in the Canadian Permanent Force.

On 15 November, 1941 the Newfoundland Militia was incorporated into the Canadian Command. Brigadier Philip Earnshaw became Commander of the Combined Newfoundland and Canadian Military Forces in Newfoundland.[5] For his service during the Second World War, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[6]

Military Cross Citation

Awarded the Military Cross in 1916[1] with the following citation related to the Battle of the Somme:
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He established and maintained communications throughout the operations under very heavy fire, displaying great courage and determination. He set a splendid example to his men.

Retirement Years

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The London Gazette, Supplement 29824. 14 November 1916. Page 11078.
  2. The London Gazette, Supplement 31089. 27 December, 1918. Page 15219.
  3. The London Gazette, Supplement 31092, 31 December, 1918. Page 21.
  4. Report of the Department of National Defence Canada for the Fiscal Year Ending 31 March 1921. Page 82.
  5. http://www.rnfldr.ca/history.aspx?item=153
  6. The London Gazette, Supplement 37599. 4 June, 1946. Page 2824.