Rank or Title

Service Number

8344

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

30 Cromwell Road
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

France

Grave Location

No known grave
France

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Pte Harold Edward Steevens Phillips

Pte Harold Edward Steevens Phillips, 8344, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was posted missing, later presumed killed in action, on March 21st, 1918, at the start of the German spring offensive on the Somme.

Shortly before being missed, Ted, as he was known, was escorting prisoners when heavy shell and machine gun fire broke out and the escort were ordered to take cover. Since then there had been no trace of him.

Luton-born Pte Phillips was in military barracks in the Caribbean at the time of the 1911 Census, and was called up when war broke out. He took part in the retreat from Mons and many of the big later battles, being wounded three times.

The son of Alfred Edward and Mary Elizabeth Phillips, of 30 Cromwell Road, Luton, he had married Mary Underwood in Leighton Buzzard in 1915. His wife's address at the time of his death was Brettenham House, Beach Station Road, Felixstowe. Her family address was in Watford.

Individual Location

Pte Harold Edward Steevens Phillips

Author: 

Related items

Add comment

Log in or register to post comments