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Arthur Phillips

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1916/09/28 - Born Ancoats, Manchester

Son of Arthur and Ethel Phillips of Ardwick, Manchester

Occupation Turner

Manchester Regiment

1st Battalion

 

Service

At the outbreak of the Second World War the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment were assigned to a beach defence role, which entailed setting up of Machine gun posts, searchlights and ant-ship, and landing craft obstacles.

In November 1937 the battalion had become a machine gun unit and in January 1938 with a strength of 980 officers and men the 1st Battalion were transported to Palestine as Jewish Community protectorates. They were housed in Tiberius at ‘The Central’ and ‘Elizabethan’ Hotels. A B C and D companies occupied trouble spots at Mielia, Safad, Sarafand Jeruslem and along the Jordon border

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Under orders on 4th October 1938, the 1st Battalion sailed in the ‘Dilwara’ for the Far East and Singapore. At Port Suez they had a few days in the Western Desert while peace talks took place between Chamberlain and Adolph Hitler. Then back on the ship, arriving in  Singapore on the 20th October 1938. As part of the 2nd Malaya Infantry Brigade, they saw action during the Japanese invasion of Singapore island in February 1942.

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.

 

1942/03/24 - WO 417/40, Casualty List No. 779. Missing

1943/09/14 - WO 417/66, Casualty List No.1238. Previously shown on Casualty List No.779 as Missing, 15/02/1942. Now a Prisoner of War

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. II 1152

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1943/04/26 - Overland to Thailand with ‘F’ Force, train 9

71st Train from Singapore to Thailand

New PoW No. 8569

1943/10/ - The railway line was joined from Thailand to Burma at Konkota.

The sick and injured from ‘F’ Force were taken to Thanbaya Hospital at 366km from Non Pladuk. They were then taken back to Singapore by train from Non Pladuk. The very sick were taken to Roberts Hospital. Changi

1944/10/16 to 1944/12/11 - Roberts Hospital, Changi with Malaria.

Liberated Changi

 

1945/10/27 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1895. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1238 as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.

 

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Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star

 

Post War

On Arthur’s return his marriage failed but he obtained custody of his two son’s from that marriage, unfortunately the sons are now both deceased.

1947/09/06 - Arthur remarried to Eileen Rourke, and they had four children  Fred, Patricia, Brian and Stephen.

He returned to his trade as a Turner.

 

Died

1990/10/25

 

 

Information

Patricia M Ahern - Daughter

Andrew Snow

Mike Heather

Japanese Transport

Thailand-Burma Railway

KEW Files:- WO 392/25, WO 345/41, WO 361/2063, WO 361/2201, WO 361/2070,

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