Regiment : 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 15196
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 10th August 1915 aged 18
Buried : Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 104 to 113.
Relatives : Son of Mr and Mrs E. Phillips, 15 Fletcher St., Wollescote, Stourbridge; husband of Louisa Phillips, 15 Fletcher St., Wollescote, Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye Christ Church Window. Lye and Wollescote War Memorial.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Benjamin Phillips was the son of Emmanuel and Louisa Phillips and he attended Wollescote school. He was employed by Charles Willetts of Cradley and volunteered for the Worcesters in 1914. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, which spent the next few months in training and was then sent out to Gallipoli to break the stalemate on the peninsula. They landed successfully at Suvla Bay on the 6th August and attempted to seize the crest of the ridge. Turkish defence was fierce and, though close to the top on 10th August, they were driven off by the defenders. Private Benjamin Phillips was killed in action on this day. His brother, Bert, was killed in 1918.