Captain Philip Simons Picot
Sherwood Foresters Badge

Army Number : n/a

Battalion : 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.


“With reference to the death of Captain Philip Simons Picot, late of the Eastern Smelting Co. Ltd., and a member of the Penang Volunteers, who fell on July 11, while commanding the 5th Royal Scots, some information contained in a letter received by Commander Macintyre in a letter from his father, Lieut-Col F S Picot (late) of the Wiltshire Regiment, will be read with interest by his many friends in Malaya says the Pinang Gazette.

“He was a Captain in the 14th Sherwood Foresters but volunteered for active service, and took out six officers to the Dardanelles. He went straight into the trenches and took over command of the 1st Battalion 5th Royal Scots [1], which earned great glory with the 29th Regular Division – the Immortals. He commanded the Royal Scots in several attacks on Achi Baba and took and held two lines of trenches though the Turks attacked on three consecutive nights and at the end only 200 men and 6 officers were left. He was ordered to take his battalion on relief out of the trenches to refit and rest on the Beach. He did this safely on 11th July, 1915. On calling the roll he found some wounded men were out in the front. As the fire was heavy and the position very exposed, he said: “I will go out alone and search for them.” He never came back. He was found shot through the head, insensible, and died in half an hour.

“In his last letter to his father Capt. Picot said, “The fighting is very severe, losses very heavy, death on every side, but, strangely, death has no horror to me. I will hold on. The Turks will never take my trenches. I am only tired out. No sleep for three night, fighting all the time for 18 days. I will never be a prisoner of war! I have had two periscopes smashed and more shaves of death than you would think possible.”

“Capt. Picot’s commander wrote to his father: “Your son was a brilliant soldier, a gallant officer and absolutely fearless.”

“It may be added that Capt. Picot was a grandson of Mr H M Simons, the original member of Messrs. Paterson, Simons and Co., and his mother was born in Singapore. He left a widow and a daughter.” [2]

His father was Lieutenant Colonel Francis Slater Picot, formerly of the Wiltshire Regiment. During the Great War, he was the commandant of the POW camp at Donington Hall for German officers. Gunther Plüschow, the only German to escape from Britain during 1914-1918, escaped from that camp.

Captain Picot is buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles (special memorial C. 149) and on the Singapore Cenotaph. He left a wife, Marjorie (nee Putnam), whom he married on 20th December 1912, and one daughter.

Died : 11th July 1915

Buried/Commemorated : Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey. Special Memorial C. 149.

Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.
Captain Philip Simons Picot grave
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