Name: Henry George McPhillips

 

Birth Date: 1883 Where: Launceston, Tasmania
Died: unknown Where: unknown
Place of Enlistment: Claremont, Tasmania Age: 28
Serial Number: 844 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lieutenant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph McPhillips

Service Details:

 

 

17 May

1915                      Enlisted, Tasmania

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Wounded,Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

20 September

1916                      Returned to Unit

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

7 Decemberr

1916                      Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

February

1917                      Warlencourt

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

9 March

1917                      Promoted Lieutenant

30 March

1917                      Seconded for training in England

8 September

1917                      Returned to France

18 September

1917                      Ypres

4 October

1917                      Wounded

20 January

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

3 July

1919                      Discharged

 

 

Biographical Details:

Henry George McPhillips was born in Launceston, Tasmania, to Parents James McPhillips and Mary Nelson, in 1883. He had two brothers, William (1886) and Albert (1891), and a sister, Eileen (1888).  His brother William enlisted with the 40th Battalion in 1917, served in Europe and returned to Australia in November 1918.
 Henry was a bridge carpenter before he enlisted. After attesting at Claremont in May 17th he travelled to Brisbane to embark with the newly formed 26th Battalion on 24th May.
When he volunteered for the Trench Raid, McPhillips, already a Sergeant, was attached to Captain Caless’s Left Bombing Party as his senior NCO. He is No. 17 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
Soon after the trench Raid, Henry was wounded at Pozieres. He returned to his unit two months later and in December was appointed 2nd Lieutenant.
In March 1917 Henry was again promoted (Lieutenant) and spent 6 months training with various units in England. After returning to France he was wounded again in October 1917 and August 1918. On the last occasion he received a gunshot wound to his right shoulder which saw him invalided to England and convalescing until November. He did not return to France.
Henry was hospitalised for two months in May 1919 with influenza. Presumably this was the Spanish Flu which killed millions of people following the war.
In 1919, before returning to Australia, Henry was required to sign a declaration that he had no outstanding financial claims against him. This was in response to Claims that officers were returning to Australia before clearing debts.
Henry’s Appointment was terminated in 1920. In 1922 he met and married Violet Doherty. It is not known if they had children. Nor is it known when he died but in 1944 he was with the Transport Section of the Post Master General Department. In 1961 he wrote to the AIF seeking a copy of his discharge certificate and in 1967 he applied for the ANZAC Medal.