Service Number: 4
Enlisted: 20 September 1915, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, 1 September 1891
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Townsville West State School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 9 May 1966, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Queensland
Location: Columbarium 6, Section: Section 13
Memorials: City of Townsville WW1 Honour Roll, Townsville West State School Memorial Gate
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World War 1 Service

20 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4, Townsville, Queensland
21 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 41st Infantry Battalion
18 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 4, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
18 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 4, 41st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 41st Infantry Battalion
10 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 41st Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4, 41st Infantry Battalion, Battalion headquarters

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'PHILLIPS, John, M.S.M. Sergt., No. 4, 41st Battn. Born at Charters Towers in 1891 and educated at West Townsville State School. Son of John and Elizabeth Phillips, of Mary Street West Townsville. Married on 11th May, 1916, Elsie Elizabeth, daughter of the late Charles William and Sarah Naomi Green, of Dornoch Terrace, South Brisbane. Child: Edna Joy Phillips. Enlisted on 20th September, 1915, and embarked on 16th May, 1916, with the 41st Battn. Served with the battalion in all operations in France and Flanders. Discharged on 20th August, 1919. Was awarded the M.S.M. on 1st January, 1919.' from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War. (

'By the Bingera on Monday night, Messrs. John Allan (/explore/people/327372), John Fraser (/explore/people/693121)and John Phillips three members of the staff of Messrs. Hollis Hopkins and Co., Ltd., left to join the forces at Enoggera on their way to the front. Prior to leaving, Mr Hopkins, on behalf of the staff presented each with a silver wristlet watch and case. In doing so, he said we all honored them for the step they were taking in going to fight for their King and country. After giving a brief resume of the doings in the war, he mentioned that the firm had decided to make up any difference in pay, and also to give them their positions back on their return from the war. The firm had decided to do this to all members of the staff who went to the front. They carried with them the best wishes of their fellow employees, who hoped to have them back again amongst them safe and well at the end of the war. Each of the recipients suitably responded.' from Townsville Daily Bulletin 23 Sep 1915 (