Mervyn Hugh (Mick) PHILLIPS

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PHILLIPS, Mervyn Hugh

Service Number: 5744
Enlisted: 15 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Liechardt, Victoria, Australia, 22 October 1893
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Horsham State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, France, 11 June 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5744, 8th Infantry Battalion
3 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5744, 8th Infantry Battalion
3 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5744, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Melbourne
11 Jun 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 5744, 46th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Wounded in action 11 June 1917, gunshot wound to the head and died the same day at the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station.

Known as "Mick", he was a younger brother of Private Arthur Egbert Phillips, 4868, killed In action, 19 July, 1916 and was born in the township of Leichardt via Marong.

Mervyn Phillip's attestation initially has him as single and next-of-kin his father in Northcote, with his wife Laura later added. The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages confirm the couple married before he embarked and no children of the brief union.

He was promoted to Lance Corporal in mid-December 1916 but a few weeks later was hospitalised and then restricted to light duty with enteritis, an intestinal ailment and did not re-join his unit in France until mid-May 1917.

Phillips suffered a gunshot wound to the head at Messines on 11 June and died the same day at the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station.

The ROH circular was returned by his wife who was living in Northcote and sent a note in 1918 asking for the settlement of her husband's deferred pay as she was "waiting to leave Victoria".

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