A Poppy
Croix de Guerre

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- H T Gartside-Tipping and Mrs M S Gartside-Tipping -


Henry Thomas Gartside-Tipping and Mrs Mary Stuart Gartside-Tipping of "Quarr Wood", Binstead, Isle of Wight

Service details

Lt-Cdr H T Gartside-Tipping, Royal Naval Reserve
Mrs M S Gartside-Tipping, Women's Emergency Corps

CWGC record ... for Lt-Cdr Gartside-Tipping

Their names are recorded on these Memorials :

Binstead War Memorial
Holy Cross Church, Binstead, War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (TIPPING, H G and TIPPING, M S G)

H T Gartside-Tipping is also commemorated on the Nieuport Memorial in Belgium

H T Gartside-Tipping was the eldest son of the late Gartside Gartside-Tipping of Bolton and of Rossferry, Belturbet, Co. Fermanagh. He inherited "Quarr Wood" from his uncle the Rev Vernon Tipping. Lieutenant-Commander H T Gartside-Tipping returned to naval service during the Great War. He was known as an accomplished yachtsman. At the age of 67, he was the oldest serving naval officer of that war, and was killed on 25th September 1915 during naval operations in the North Sea off the coast of Belgium, serving in HM Armed Yacht "Sanda".

The death occurred on March 4th 1917 "in the war zone in France, while on active service" of Mrs Mary Gartside-Tipping, who was the daughter of the late Captain Flynn, R.A. She married Mr Gartside-Tipping in 1890.

Mrs Gartside-Tipping had worked for nearly a year at the Munitions Worker's Canteen, Woolwich, and in January 1917 joined the Women's Emergency Corps for service in the war zone in France, where she was shot by a soldier whose mind was disordered. The French military authorities did everything possible to express their sympathy; the croix de guerre which had been withheld from women since November 1916, was conferred at once; and a full military funeral accorded.

A requiem Mass for the late Mrs Gartside-Tipping was held at Farm Street, Berkeley Square, London later in March 1917.

Information from The Times Digital Archive

Mrs Gartside-Tipping was shot by a French soldier, which explains the French authorities actions in awarding her the Croix de Guerre, and she was buried in Vauxbuin French National Cemetery Plot III.B.5. The Gartside-Tippings are also commemorated on the War Memorial at Southport, Lancashire.

thanks to Jim Strawbridge for additional information


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