PHILLIPS, Edwin John

Service Number: 1743
Enlisted: 3 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, 1881
Home Town: Richmond, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Yarra Park State School
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1743, Melbourne, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1743, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1743, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
25 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 60th Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1743, 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'Private (Pte) 1743 Edwin John Phillips, 58th Battalion, of Melbourne, Vic. A labourer prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 2nd Reinforcements on board HMAT Euripides (A14) on 4 April 1916. Pte Phillips was taken on strengh and transferred to the 60th Battalion on 25 May 1916. He was reported missing and declared killed in action on 19 July 1916, aged 34. His brother 1804 Pte. Alfred Ernest Phillips, 59th Battalion was killed on the same day. Pte Phillips has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the VC Corner, Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France.' LINK (www.awm.gov.au)

'IN MEMORIAM. On Active Service.

PHILLIPS.— In loving memory of my dear sons, Edwin J. Phillips, of the 60th Battalion, and Alfred E. Phillips, of the 59th Battalion, late 7th Battalion (Anzac). Both killed in action on the 19th July, 1916, at Fleurbaix, France.

At their country's call, they gave up all. — (Inserted by their loving father, sisters, and brother.)' from The Argus 21 Jul 1919 (nla.gov.au)