Arthur Phillips

Name: Arthur Phillips

Unknown - 24th April 1918

Place of Birth: Unknown

Occupation: Unknown 

Division: 7th Battalion

Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment

Rank: Lance Corporal

Commemorated:  Panel 28 and 29, Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France


Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: Rachel Williams

Arthur Phillips. 31338 early Aug 1916 (Military Service Act?). He was killed during the action at Villers Brettonneux, which the Australians tend to focus on as one of their main actions. His battalion had fought a costly rearguard action throughout the German Spring Offensive from 21/3/1918 so whether he went through that and was one of the few to survive, or was posted to them from a different unit as they rebuilt, I am unable to say. He was a bookbinder at WH Smits in Letchworth and was initially posted as missing in action. Also interesting to note that a Pte A Phillips who was an employee of Temple Press in Letchworth was recorded as being wounded on 31/7/1917 during the 1st Herts fateful assault against St Julien that all but wiped the entire battalion out. 


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