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Edward Penhurst PHILLIPS

Regimental number2380
Date of birth8 October 1894
Place of birthCooktown, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressJohn Street, Cooktown, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Julia Ann Phillips, John Street, Cooktown, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve for 9 months.
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Ammunition Column
FateDischarged 22 August 1919
Discharge date22 August 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 31 March 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 5 May 1916. Transferred to Artillery Details, Tel el Kebir, 5 May 1916. Proceeded to England: disembarked Plymouth, June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France,1 September 1917.Taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 7 September 1917. Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, 5 March 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 4 April 1918 (synovitis, right knee); transferred to England, 12 April 1918, and admitted to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington. transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 April 1918; discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, 11 June 1918.Marched out to No. 3 Command Depot, 15 August 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 11 September 1918; discharged, 7 October 1918; total treatment for venereal disease: 27 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 November 1918. Transferred to 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 8 December 1918.

Married Gabrielle Agnes HUBERT, Thuin, Belgium, 12 April 1919.

Discharged in London, 22 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Lived in Belgium after the war. Imprisoned in Belgium during the Second World War by the German occupying force on the grounds that having fought in the Australian Army in the First World War he might similarly assist the allies.

Date of death29 November 1959
Age at death65
Place of burialLawn of Honour, Thuin Cemetery, Belgium

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