Photograph and information courtesy of Steve Fayers
Born: 12th November 1896, Oakley, Essex.
Died: 17th February 1917; age: 20; KiA – Operations on the River Ancre, first Battle of Miraumont (11th January – 13th March).
Employed: Colchester Brewing Co., Ipswich.
Enlistment Date: 13th August 1914.
Service: At Dunkirk 20th September 1914 & Defence of Antwerp 3rd September 1914.
Accidentally wounded 11th August 1916 – rejoined battalion 16th August 1916. Gun Shot Wound to Right Hand 3rd December 1916 – rejoined 17th February 1917.
1st RMLI war diary for 10th August 1916, Douglas receives a mention with regard to his accidental wounding – together with one of his comrades, Pte. T Welsh, he was wounded when a Newton Pippin rifle grenade exploded prematurely. (Note the date of the incident recorded in the diary is the 10th August, not the 11th.) A court of enquiry was held on the 13th August.
Rank: Private; Service Number: CH/18660
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st Battalion, Royal Naval Division.
Deal Battalion (listed as Chatham Battalion in 1914 Star Roll)
Body exhumed from River Trench Cemetery and reburied Queens Cemetery in 1919:
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Allen & Martha Phillips, of 23, Bank Road, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
1901 Brewer Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Douglas was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Allen Phillips, 39, a Gardener – Domestic, born Belgravia, London.
Martha Phillips (nee Scarff), 29, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Bertie Herbert E. Phillips, 7, born Ipswich.
Florence Kate Sophia Phillips, 6, born Dovercourt, Essex.
Donald Harold Edward Phillips, 1, born Dovercourt.
1911 Brewer Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Douglas was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Allen, 49, a Groom – Domestic – unemployed.
Bertie, 17, a Farm Labourer.
Caroline Victoria M. Phillips, 10, born Woodbridge.
Stanley Cecil Phillips, 5, born Woodbridge.
On the 4th January 1919, Douglas’s 1914 – 1915 Star was issued to his father Allen Phillips.
image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper
Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st Battalion, Royal Naval Division