Name: Walter Phillips

 

Birth Date: 1895 Where: Campbell Town, Tasmania
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Claremont, Tasmania Age: 20
Serial Number: 1166 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

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

 

Photograph Phillips

Service Details:

 

 

25 April

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

4 September

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

29 July

1916                      Wounded

2 December

1916                      Returned to Australia

28 May

1917                      Discharged

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Walter Henry Phillips was born in Campbell Town, Tasmania, to Robert and Mary Ann Phillips in 1894. He had an older brother, Alfred, with the 12th Battalion, who returned to Australia in December 1918.  A second brother was wounded but also survived. An article published in the Examiner in August 1916 pointed out that all three Philips brothers had been wounded within a fortnight.
Prior to enlisting at Claremont in 1915, Walter had spent three years with the Home Guard’s 92nd Infantry. This experience and a reference from the Commanding Officer guaranteed his enlistment.
A witness was required to verify Walter’s mark on his attestation papers, indicating that he was probably illiterate. He was a 26th Battalion original and was with the 7th Brigade when it landed a Gallipoli.
Walter took part in the June 6/7th Trench Raid as one of the Left Bombing Party under Captain Caless.  Subsequently, on 17th September 1916, Privates William Phillips and Isaac Joseph Mills and Corporals Oscar James Lawson and Ernest George Kerslake were all recommended for Mention in Despatches for their part in the raid. None of these was awarded.

'Good and consistent work in the trenches from 12 April to 28 July 1916 and for good work during a raid on the enemy on 6 June 1916’.

In late July, during the battle at Pozieres, Walter was admitted to A Canadian Hospital with severe Gun Shot Wounds to his right arm. He was consequently transferred to England for treatment where he was classified as unfit for service and shipped back to Australia for discharge.
Nothing is known of Walter’s post war life but in 1967 he applied for the newly released ANZAC Medallion.

26th Battalion War Diary report of the Raid

Note the reference to 1st Australian Success in France