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Soldier profiles

Name : PHILLIPS, ERIC JOHN
Service Number : VX19909
Date of Birth : 18/04/1920
Place of Birth : FOOTSCRAY, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 30/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : FOOTSCRAY, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : PHILLIPS, BESSIE
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 08/07/1941
Age at Death : 21
Community Roll of Honour : FOOTSCRAY (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, LEBANESE REPUBLIC. 2. J. 11. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
K.I.A. (date / details) : 08/07/1941 / SYRIA
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6204734 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   B_SCHIRRMEYER_1.jpg,   Past article (size 180kB)

Background : Son of Hercules Theodore and Bessie Phillips, of Footscray, Victoria, Australia. H. T. Phillips (22nd Battalion, A.I.F.). Fiance of Margaret. Eric had his 21st birthday aboard the troopship en route to the Middle East.

Service & personal summaryAt enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Grey eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : Large scar small of back, large scar right upper arm.

Service record
30/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
01/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/04/1941 Embarked on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
08/07/1941 Killed in action.
09/07/1941 Buried Damascus left? landslide main road at south? entrance LJ? town map of Damascus 1/25000 1242 1993.
26/09/1941 Reburied Grave no. 2J 11 Beyrouth (Beirut) British War Cemetery.