Sixpenny Handley War Memorial

William George Phillips

Surname: Phillips
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
Helen Annie Phillips née Day
William S. Clarke
Richard Phillips
Helen Phillips nee Williams
Locations in this story:
Fulham, London
France & Flanders
Bethune Town Cemetery, France
Roe Buck Inn, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
Blandford, Dorset
Bethune No.6 Clearing Hospital.

Story:
William George Phillips was born in 1888 in Fulham, London. He was the son of Richard Phillips, a Brewer's Servant, and Helen Phillips (nee Williams). His mother died in 1887 and his father in 1903. In the 1911 Census he is shown living with his cousin, William Williams, a groom, whose wife was the publican of the Roe Buck Inn, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He is described as an Army Reservist but by 1914 he had obtained employment as a Postman. On 17th June 1914 he married Helen Annie Day at Sixpenny Handley and there were no children of the marriage. He had enlisted in Blandford, Dorset, as a Private and joined the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 6740) During the war he served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals (Clasp). He died of wounds on 24th Oct 1914 in the Bethune No.6 Clearing Hospital and was buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (grave id. I.B.20). His widow Helen remarried in 1920 to William S. Clarke. He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.  

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives