Private 622141 - Saskatchewan Regiment
1st Canadian Mounted Rifles
Date of Death 6th June 1916 : Aged 34
Ypres (Menin Gate Memorial) Panel 30,32
Private 622141 Thomas Phillips was born January 1882 in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Parents 1871 Q2 marriage between Tea Dealer Mr Charles Henry Phillips and Mrs Mary Phillips afforded Blidworth Road, Kirkby address until 1890. Huthwaite 1891 census lists fullest Phillips household headed by Charles Henry 44, farming Fulwood Grange, Fulwood. Mrs Mary Phillips 42 is then mother to Charles 19, Elizabeth M 17, Jane 13, Thomas 9, George 6, Sarah 3 and William H 1.
Mr Thomas Phillips was housed aged 19 under employment as 1901 Drapers Assistant in Hinckley, Leicester. Parents had then moved into a Huthwaite, Fulwood Road farm, thereafter assisted by other single children staying closer home. Exactly when and whereabouts Thomas emigrated to Canada isn't readily apparent among shipping and larger census records. He shares a wider familiar English name throughout relevant years when many others landed oversees to labour on farms, until outbreak of war.
Private 622141 Thomas Phillips was positively identified from military and war grave records naming parental next of kin. Time serving 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles in the Saskatchewan Regiment officially ended on 6th June 1916, aged 34. Unit at time was located
South West of Brandhoek after being in trenches at Maple Copse. Parents received notification 12 months later, with reason explained on form presenting name T Phillips to the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial honouring so many other soldiers without known graves, stating
Previously reported Missing now for Official purposes presumed to have Died.
Huthwaite Cemetery Cenotaph remembers name, in grounds also relating graves lovingly given a Phillips family headstone.
A memorial service was held to L/cpl E. Bower (N. Staffs) L/cpl A. Weston (KRR) and Privates George Stubbins (Sherwood Foresters) H. Burton and T. Phillips (both Canadian contingents) - Phillips was missing 12 months before he was reported as killed. - Burton had been confirmed in the Parish Church and attended its Sunday school before going out to Canada. Weston commenced his teaching career at Church Schools, and his love for his country was handed down unsullied from his forefathers.