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John Thomas Phillips

PHILLIPS, John Thomas

John Thomas Phillips was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire in 1899 to John Thomas Phillips and Edith Mildoon. He was the second of their four children, three of them surviving, and their only son. John Thomas Snr. was a ‘Bedstead Stock Fitter’ (a bed maker) and the family lived in Salisbury Road and Windmill Lane in Smethwick and were back in Salisbury Road in 1918. In the 1901 census Edith’s widowed mother Isabella, who gave her occupation as Charwoman, and her sixteen year old sister Agnes, a House Maid, were living with them and again in 1911, Isabella was part of the family.

John Thomas Phillips enlisted in the Ayrshire Yeomanry at Lichfield though it is not known when. In October 1918 he was with the 2/1st Regiment, a second line regiment which had moved to Ireland in May 1918. Returning to England he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.



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