Group of Five, Private R.J. Phillips
Queen?s South Africa Medal, three clasps: Cape Colony; Transvaal; South Africa 1902; impressed (112 Pte. R.J. PHILLIPS, CANADIAN M.R.); 1914-15 Star, impressed (3-8823 PTE. R.J. PHILLIP. DORSET:R;); British War and Victory Medals, impressed (3-8823 PTE. R.J. PHILLIP. DORSET.R.); 1911 Coronation Medal, unnamed as issued. Generally very fine, display mounted. Robert J. Philips, who served in the Boer War, 1899-1902 was from Fredericton, N.B., and was entitled to three clasps (original letter from Militia Headquarters, Ottawa, confirms); he enlisted with the 12th. Battalion at Fredericton, N.B., on September 19, 1914, proceeded to Britain aboard the "S.S. Scotian" on October 4, 1914 and was discharged on November 30, 1914, having re-enlisted in the first Dorsetshire Regiment, B.E.F. According to Memorial Book (of The Dorset Military Museum), Private Phillips was killed on the 1st. May 1915 which was in the first gas attack which started at 7:15 p.m. on the 30th. April. The 1st. Battalion the Dorset Regiment had moved up on the morning of 30th. April and were holding the crest of Hill 60. There were about 250 casualties from the gas attack, many of whom died. Sold with copies of service records, Philips?s hand written note to Canadian Department of Defence (dated 1907), and rare original letter to Phillips from Militia Headquarters, Ottawa, dated 1907, confirming medal and clasps were dispatched to him.