James George PHILLIPS MSM

Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Coach Builder
Enlisted
19-April-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
22
Status
Single
Service No
438
Rank
Private
Unit
3rd Machine Gun Company, 6th Reinforcements
Embarked
20-October-1916
Place
Melbourne
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Sergeant
Honours and Awards
Meritorious Service Medal
Fate
How Died
Died of disease
Date
01-November-1918
Place
1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge
Cemetery or Memorial
Cambridge Borough Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Notes

Also named on St Stephen’s Uniting Church Toowoomba Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial.

 

James Phillips arrived in England in December 1916 and transferred to the newly-raised 5th Machine Gun Battalion in April 1917. He landed in France in September. He returned to England in May 1918 to attend Machine Gun School at Cambridge. On 21 October he contracted influenza and was admitted to Cambridge Hospital where he died from the disease eleven days later.

 

Meritorious Service Medal citation:His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Forces in France during the present war.” (Awarded 18 June 1918)

 

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