Service Number 21837
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.
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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