James Gordon PHILLIPS


PHILLIPS, James Gordon

Service Number: 2009
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Semaphore, South Australia, 2 October 1889
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 4 August 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Hazelwood Park (Knightsbridge) War Memorial, Rosslyn Park War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2009, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
23 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2009, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
4 Aug 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 2009, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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James Gordon Phillips of Kensington Park was born at Semaphore, South Australia. He left St Peter's College in 1906 and until the start of the war was employed as a clerical officer in Adelaide. James enlisted at Keswick on 20 May 1915 and joined the 3rd quota of reinforcements for the 27th Battalion in June and sailed from Adelaide aboard HMAT Morea on 23 August 1915.  

He joined the battalion at Anzac on 12 October where he remained until the evacuation. On 3 January, he was appointed lance corporal and after further training in Egypt, proceeded to France on 16 March.

Lance Corporal James Gordon Phillips, C Company 27th Battalion was killed in action on 4 August 1916; he was 26 years of age.