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Corporal William Phillips


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Dear Forum Friends

I'm researching Corporal 12431, William Phillips 1/Royal Warwickshire Regiment KIA or DoW on 09 April 1917. Soldiers Died in the Great War has him as being formerly 54431 RGA. His MIC states entered in theatre of war on 11 Dec 1915, 2B Balkans, which I understand is Gallipoli.

Unfortunately his service records don't appear to have survived. I thinking he volunteered towards the end of 1914. Would he have been in the RGA at Gallipoli? I've not idea when he was transferred between units.

RWR Battalion War Diary is available via TNA. Is there anywhere else I could find further information?

with thanks and all good wishes


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His time with the RGA must have been before being posted overseas to the Balkan theatre with the 9th Bn. RWR.

But it seems doubtful that he arrived in Gallipoli on 11th December, the place was evacuated by the end of the year.

The medal rolls also show that he was later transferred to the 1st Bn. RWR.


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If you have access to ancestry there is a family tree for him, including a photo.

Born 21 May 1889 at Ousden, Suffolk; son of William Phillips (1862-1918) and Kate (formerly Sanders) (1860-1949); in the 1911 census he was an assistant gamekeeper; married Rose Emma Webb in 1911 and had three sons and one daughter. His widow remarried in 1920 to one Clement James Hudson.

He was included in a casualty list published in the Cambridge Daily News on Tuesday 8.5.1917


Royal Warwickshire R. - Corpl. W. Phillips (Bury St. Edmunds).

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Original Medal Roll shows first unit was 9 Battalion RWR and he later joined 1 Battalion.It also shows KIA on 9.4.1917. The 1914-15 Star Roll gives first landing at Gallipoli on 11 Dec 1915. No real reason why that isn't correct,replacement drafts would still have joined the unit they were allocated to,and the last units didn't leave Gallipoli until Jan 1916,but don't know if the 9 RWR was one of them.

Later: in fact 13 Division,his,did leave in Jan 1916.

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Thank you very much indeed for your responses - that's so helpful

With all good wishes


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