Arthur Egbert PHILLIPS

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PHILLIPS, Arthur Egbert

Service Number: 4868
Enlisted: 7 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 15 August 1891
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4868, 7th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4868, 7th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4868, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4868, 59th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Son of Charles and Margaret Phillips. 

Arthur Phillips was a son of the former headmaster at the Northcote State School (1401). The father Charles Phillips, also died in 1916. 

Arthur Phillips was one of those posted missing on 19 July 1916 and was confirmed as Killed In Action by A.I.F. Headquarters on the following New Year's Day. Neither his body or any grave was ever located.

The three free photographs of servicemen's graves (in his case, a memorial cross) went to his eldest brother (ex Staff Sergeant) Vincent Phillips then in Windsor (who also returned the circular for his two brothers) with a note attached to the distribution slip …

"... Mr. Vincent Phillips is deceased's brother and has specially requested that the photographs be forwarded to him as his mother is under the impression that Private Phillips has a registered grave and it is not not considered advisable to inform her of the exact position".

Another brother, 5744 Lance-Corporal Mervyn Hugh Phillips, 46th Battalion AIF died of wounds at Messines, France on 10 June, 1917.

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