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Walter PHILLIPS

Regimental number1857
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBaker
AddressGordon Channel, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W Phillips, Gordon Channel, Tasmania
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 19 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "7 October 1917

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 3 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'In the attack on POLYGON WOOD, east of YPRES, on 20/21st September, 1917, Cpl. PHILLIPS showed great courae and steadiness when his Company was heavily shelled in the assembly position. He materially assisted to reorganise the Company and did valuable liaison work with neighbouring units. During the advance he did excellent work in maintaining the organisation of his platoon and again after the objective was gained he showed great courage under hostile artillery fire in gaining and maintaining liaison with flanking units and in directing the consolidation of the position. His conduct throughout was a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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