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Francis John PHILP

Regimental number1176
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, W Philp, 284 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1165
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1918

Military Medal

'During the period 23/28th October 1917, near ZONNEBEKE, East of YPRES, Private PHILP as Bn. Headquarter Runner did consistent fine work carrying despatches between Bn. Headquarters, front line, and Brigade Headquarters. One one occasion he was knocked over and buried by shell fire. After being got out by a comrade he continued his run and delivered his message, he continued his on duty till the Bn. was relieved.'

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst his Battalion was in the Line in front of PETIT SEC BOIS. During the afternoon of 14th April, 1918, when the centre company of the Battalion was being heavily attacked, all communication was cut off, Private PHILP and a comrade went out under heavy fire to repair the damage, his companion was wounded on the way whereupon Private PHILP bound him up and put him a place of safety, he himself then going on alone, and although twice wounded, suceeded in repairing the break thus establishing communication. He then returned and carried his wounded comrade safely back to the dressing station. The splendid example set by him and his cool courageous behaviour inspired all ranks, and his action greatly assisted in beating offa determined enemy attack at a most critical period.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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