Regiment : 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment
Service number : 44417
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 27th April 1918 aged 18
Buried : Pernes British Cemetery, France, Grave II. A. 12.
Relatives : Son of Emanuel and Louisa Phillips, 3 Wood St., Wollescote, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Bert Phillips was the son of Emmanuel and Louisa Phillips of 15 Fletcher Street, Wollescote, and he attended Wollescote school. He enlisted in 1917 and was sent to the Hampshire Regiment to join the 1st Battalion. He was one of the young men of the 1917 draft who had been held in reserve by the Lloyd George government until 1918. He arrived to face the first German offensive of March 1918 followed by the second in April on the Lys. The Hampshires defended the approach to Armentières and Béthune on the 18th April and were ultimately successful. Casualties, however, were heavy. Private Bert Phillips was seriously wounded and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station near Lillers where he died of wounds on the 27th April. His brother, Benjamin, was killed in 1915.