"Not quite the act of a pukka sahib, I'm afraid. But self-preservation's a man's first duty."
Philip Lombard was one of ten guests invited to Soldier Island. He was the 12th to die, in the manner laid out in the poem.
Philip Lombard was a soldier of fortune. Literally down to his last square meal, he comes to the island with a loaded revolver, as suggested by his invitation letter. Lombard is accused of causing the deaths of a number of East African tribesmen, after stealing their food and abandoning them to their deaths. Neither he nor Tony Marston feels any remorse for what they did, though in Lombard's case he recognised what he had done and made cool plans accordingly when he was accused.
He left twenty-one tribesmen to die in the forest when he ran off with all the food which was only enough for him and his friend. He is to blame for the death of twenty-one men.
"One got frizzled up and then there was One."
Lombard is shot by Vera during a struggle on the beach.