This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1.
Phillips, George Richard

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Private

Service Number 21837

Service Army

Battalion 10th Battalion

Regiment Northumberland Fusiliers


George Richard Phillips was born on the 5th August 1883 in Collingham. His mother was Harriet Booker of Collingham. George appears on the 1891 census of Collingham living with Harriet Phillips, a widow, his brother John, a sister, Martha H Harradine, her husband Herbert Harradine and their young son, Charles H Harradine. Interestingly John and George Richard are listed with the surname Booker, and John's birth was registered under the name John Phillips Booker.

Ten years earlier, in 1881, George's mother Harriet was living in Albert Place, Collingham with Martha and a lodger Richard Phillips. Harriet was at that time unmarried which perhaps explains John and George's name being listed as Booker in the 1891 census. Harriet and Richard married in Wetherby district in 1882. Richard Phillips died in 1901, but Harriet and family (now with the surname Phillips) continued to live in Collingham throughout their lives.

George Richard Phillips died in 1942 and his obituary in the Collingham Parish magazine for August 1942 gives some information on his service in the Great War.

Collingham Parish Magazine August 1942


Our sympathy goes out to Mrs. Phillips and her four daughters and three sons in their loss. George Richard (known to everyone as Dick) Phillips, was born here 58 years ago, and, apart from his service during the Great War, his life was spent in the village. During his service he was abroad for a long spell, during which time he lost a leg. On his return, with the aid of an artificial leg, he was able to carry out duties as postman, from which he retired due to ill-health, just two years ago. He was a member of the British Legion, and fellow-members were bearers at the interment, the Union Jack being draped on the coffin, and the Legion Banner carried and lowered over the grave, the service being conducted by the Vicar the Rev. J.B. Unthank, M.A.


The newly digitised and released Pension Record Cards have allowed us to identify his service in more detail. George Richard Phillips served as Private 21837 George Richard Phillips in the 10th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, having enlisted on the 23rd March 1916. George's service record has not survived so we do not know when he was injured, but his pension card confirms that he suffered a gun shot wound to the left leg which was amputated.

After his injury, George was discharged from the Army on the 17th October 1919 under King's Regulations paragraph 392 (xvi) - No longer physically fit for war service. As well as the Victory Medal and British War Medal for his services, George was awarded a Silver War Badge.

George died in 1942 and is buried locally.


First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).

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