No.720A John Francis Phillips
[Listed on RSL Honor Board and Metropolitan Farm Roll of Honor as Phillips, J. S., but it is believed correct initials are Phillips, J.F.].
John Francis Phillips enlisted in the AIF on 18 October 1915 in Rockhampton, Queensland.
His connection to the Werribee area was through his next-of-kin, a sister, Florence Jane Phillips, who was employed at the Metropolitan Farm. Later notification was received that her address changed to Granger Road, West Footscray.
As part of the 41st Battalion, John Phillips embarked, on 18 May 1916, in Sydney per HMAT A64 Demothenes.
While in France he suffered from and was treated for serious nephritis. Treatment continued in England before he was returned to Australia per Hanouna – departing on 13 September 1917.
John Francis Phillips was declared medically unfit, due to nephritis, and discharged on 26 October 1917, receiving a pension of 3 pound per fortnight.
It appears that, at least for a short period of time, he lived with his sister in Grange Road, West Footscray on his return.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal - No. 16602
- Victory Medal - No.16224