Duncan Alexander Phillips

PhillipsName   Duncan Alexander Phillips

Number    Corporal 1144

Battalion      8th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Ballarat

Next of Kin   His mother Mrs. Georgina Rennie Lockwood of P O 32 Leongatha and earlier 140 little Ryrie St Geelong

Date and place of enlistment   Korumburra 27/9/1914

Physical details on enlistment   Age 30 years 3 months, 5’6 ¼ ”, brown eyes and dark brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farm labourer

Date and place of death He was killed in action at Pozieres on 25/7/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried at Puchevillers Military Cemetery north east of Villers Botage

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived in Leongatha 

Military History

  • He was in the 8th battalion from the start.
  • Information on his circular was witnessed by William Russell. William Russell was Alan Russell’s father.
  • 27/9/14 He enlisted in Korumburra
  • 22/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles
  • 25/4/15 He was at the Gallipoli landing
  • 20/8/15 He was admitted to the field ambulance at Anzac with diarrhea
  • 22/8/15 He was moved to Mudros and admitted to the 18th Stationary Hospital with enteritis
  • 19/9/15 He was admitted to a convalescent camp at Mudros and discharged
  • 25/9/15 He went back to hospital on Lemnos
  • 29/10/15
  • Embarked Alexandria
  • Disembarked Marseilles
  • He was in action at the Somme
  • 25/7/16 He went to the 44th Casually Clearing Station where he died
  • His effects consisted of an identity disc, leather money belt, jug purse, whistle, lanyard, pocket knife and chain, stud, notebook, post cards, letters, photos and a battalion colour
  • 7/6/16 His mother received his effects
  • 3/5/17 His death certificate was sent to Mr. J W Sutherland solicitor of Leongatha. Mr. Sutherland requested this, as it was required by an insurance company.

* He was buried at Puchevillers military cemetery   5 ¾ miles N E of Villers.Botage France

  • His mother was married to a Lockwood, the soldier’s father died in 1896
  • Her other sons were   J G Phillips 3rd DAC and Captain A F Phillips 7th Battalion AIF

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