Name: Roy Cecil Phillipps


Birth Date: 1 March, 1892 Where: Moree, NSW
Died: 21 May, 1941 Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age:
Serial Number: 2nd Lieutenant Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: 2nd Lieutenant Rank on Discharge/Death:Major

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Cross and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross


Photograph Phillipps

 Service Details:



24 April

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

15 October

1916vvvvvvvmv vAppointed Lieutenant                     

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

7 August

1916 nnnnninnnnn Wounded                     

19 August

1916 mmmmmmmAppointed Captain                     

21 October

1916                      Returned to Unit

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

10 November

1916ccccccccccmcGun Shot Wound                     

6 March

1917 vvvvvvvimvvTo 6th Squadron Australian Flying Corp                     

25 July

1917bbbbbbbbiiibb 68th Squadron, AFC                     

4 February

1918vvvvvvvvm v Awarded Military Cross                     

22 June

1918  vvvvvvZivm Awarded Bar to Military Crossl

3 August

1918 VVVVVVVVVV Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross                     

3 October

1918                      Appointed Major

11 November

1918                      Armistice

15 August

1919 mmmmmmmAppointment Terminated                     




Biographical Details: Phillipps

Cecil Roy Phillipps was born in Moree to William Hargreaves and Cecile R. Phillipps. After his father’s death the Phillipps moved to Perth where Roy entered Hale School.
At the outbreak of war Roy was practising as an accountant. He enlisted in April 1915 and then promptly applied for a commission. He was 2nd Lt Phillipps when the 28th Battalion departed for Egypt and was appointed Lieutenant while at Gallipoli. This was the rank he held during the Trench Raid when he commanded the Covering Party, 14 men designated to cover the retiring Raiders.
Over the next twelve months Roy was wounded twice, promoted to Captain and accepted into the Australian Flying Corps (AFC). During the remaining 16 months of the war Roy was credited with shooting down 15 German aircraft, awarded the MC and bar and a DFC, promoted Major, married and fathered a daughter.
After the war Roy returned to NSW and became a Grazier but re-enlisted in 1940. As a Squadron Leader he was appointed to command the No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School. He died in in a flying accident at Amberley in Queensland in May 1941.      Roy was survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.
Military Cross:  'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed continuous gallant work at very low altitudes in almost impossible weather. Whilst flying alone in a mist he forced an enemy aeroplane to land. On two occasions, flying at an altitude of 200 feet he made very valuable reconnaissances, and his reports on the general situation were of the greatest value. His leadership is excellent and he has set a high example to his flight.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95, Date: 27 June 1918
Bar to Military Cross:  'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When engaged with hostile aircraft during the recent operations, he has destroyed three enemy machines, and has in addition, brought down two hostile planes out of control. He has also brought back accurate and valuable information regarding hostile movements under the most adverse conditions, particularly on one occasion, when he flew through a heavy barrage at a low altitude behind the enemy's lines. He has shown conspicuous skill and determination when escorting low flying bombing patrols.' 
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185, Date: 27 Nov. 1918.
DFC: Whilst on offensive patrol this officer destroyed personally four enemy aeroplanes; he has also shown the greatest gallantry during the recent operations in attacking troops and transports on the roads, and dropping bombs from very low altitudes.
The award was promulgated on 3rd August 1918