The Werribee Shire area covered a vast area in 1915-1920 and there are names on the honor board from Werribee, Tarneit, Truganina, Little River, Mount Cottrell, Metropolitan Farm, West Footscray, Melton, Williamstown, Laverton, Newport, Bacchus Marsh and Spotswood.
No soldier by the name of Phippin could be found in the National Archives of Australia or the AIF project or on the Australian War Memorial Embarkation Rolls.
Whilst this name appears in the Werribee Shire Banner's Roll of Honor and on the RSL Honor Board, no soldier could be found with the surname of Phippin who had any link to Werribee.
After considered research, it is believed he may have been Henry Robert Phippin who, in November 1916, applied for an exemption from service. The Independent reported, ‘Henry Robert Phippin stated that he had one brother killed in action and another employed on a transport. If the latter were engaged by the Navy Department applicant will be exempted, as more than half the family will be serving.’ Independent (Footscray), 11 November, 1916, p.3.
It is my opinion that the ‘PHIPPIN’ recorded on the Werribee Honor Roll is Henry Robert PHIPPEN, who most likely received an exemption from service in November 1916.
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