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A.B.Phillips (Allen Borman) Army Service 1914-1919
Allen was Tony's Great Uncle - his paternal grandmother's brotherThe information below has been collated by Tony Arrowsmith from available information. Allen's WW1 record was 'burnt' in WW2
1914 - 1919 Allen Borman Phillips in the Herefordshire Regiment and Worcestershire Regiment
Regimental Service No: 2407 (Herefordshire Regiment - Issued 1914)
Army Service No: 235752 (Herefordshire Regiment - issued 1917?)
Army Service No: 72056 (Worcestershire Regiment - issued 1918/19???)
abt. 12th September 1914 - Volunteered for and joined the Herefordshire Regiment
abt. August 1914 - Joined 2nd/1st Herefordshire Battalion when it was formed. Shown on
September 1914 - 2nd/1st Battalion moved to Aberystwyth and joined 68th (Welsh) Division
October 1914 - Battalion in Aberystwyth
26th October 1914 - Shown as a Lance Corporal in Hereford Times
December 1914 - Promoted to Sergeant whilst at Aberystwyth
April 1915 - 2nd/1st Battalion moved to Northampton as part of 205th Brigade on 68th Division
27th May 1915 - Battalion Moved to North London District for 2-3 weeks
May 1915 - June 1915 - 2nd/1st Battalion at Billericay working on North London Defences
17th June 1915 - Battalion moved back to Northampton
July 1915 - 2nd/1st Battalion moved to Bedford on foot in the pouring rain.
October 1915 - Sergeant 2407 A. B. Phillips was shown on the 2nd Battalion Roll at Bedford ( 2nd/1st Battalion 'D' Company)
Sgt Phillips Service
Record was burnt and little information on individual soldiers in the
Herefordshire Regiment is available.
June 1915 - 150 men of the 2nd Herefordshire Regiment moved to the 46th Coast Battalion - also known as the 48th Provisional Battalion
March 1916 - 48th Provisional Battalion based in Cromer, Norfolk.
September 1916 - 70
members of the 48th Provisional Battalion return to form D Company of the
Herefordshire Reserve (3rd) Battalion.
before March 1917 - Sgt Phillips moved as part of a Draft to the 1st Battalion of the Herefordshire Regiment in Egypt
March 1917 - May 1918 - Palestine Campaign
- Sergeant A. Phillips was pictured in Palestine with his brother in law - Sgt G. Arrowsmith
(see larger picture under G.Arrowsmith)
The following has been added from George Arrowsmith's record following the finding of a postcard Home from both George and Allan on the 5th September 1918 - They were obviously still in the same unit (1st/1st Herefordshire's) that they had been together in Palestine :
26th March 1917 - 1st Battle of Gaza - Herefordshire's at Whadi Ghuzzi
17th April 1917 - 2nd Battle of Gaza - Herefordshire's on the Es Sire Ridge (Samson's Ridge)
31st October - 7th November 1917 - 3rd Battle of Gaza - Herefordshire's at Beersheba
25th December 1917 - Christmas in Jerusalem
1st June 1918 - Having been replaced by the 2/22nd Battalion London Regiment the Herefordshire's marched off to Sura
6th June 1918 - Entrained for Kantar - thence on to Alexandria
15th June 1918 - Embarked at Alexandria on "HMT Kaiser-I-Hind" for Tarant, Italy
22 June 1918 - Landed in Tarant, Italy - entrained for France
30th June 1918 - Arrived in Proven, France - part of 102 Infantry Brigade of 34 Division
7th July 1918 - training at Schools Camp, St Jan ter Beisan
18th July 1918 - Second Battle of the Marne in French Soissons-Rheims Sector
18th July - 30th July 1918 - at Bois de Reugny
1st August - 30th August 1918 - at Bucy le Bras Ferme
1st September 1918 - transferred to Battle of Ypres
4th September 1918 - at Mount Kemmel
5th September 1918 - Postcard Home from George and Allan ( Borman Phillips) ' I am quite well'
September - October 1918 - During this period Allen was seriously ill (see photo on page - menu item 1918 Ill?).
From research, and a view of his photograph, it would seem most likely that he suffered from 'Spanish Flu' in the epidemic of Influenza which struck soldiers and civilians alike in 1918-1919:
abt. 1918 - Transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment as Sergeant
Research suggests possibly to 4th or 7th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment
An entry in the 4th Battalion War Diary shows a draft of 208 other Ranks joining the Battalion at Croix near Roubaix, North France on the 1st Nov 1918.
1919 - Demobbed
Entry in Worcester Regiment list in the National Archives:
"36373 - Phillips, Allan B
Worcestershire Regiment 72056 Serjeant