Old Coathamians of World War One

Frank Stewart PHILLIPS

Second Lieutenant, 13th (Service) Battalion,
Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
[later called The Green Howards].

Born 26 October 1891,
Died 23 November 1917, aged 26 years.

Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval,
Nord, France, Panel 5.

He died during the two-week-long Battle of Cambrai, one of over 7,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom and South Africa who died in that battle and who have no known grave.

Frank Stewart Phillips was the son of Theophilus and Lucy Phillips. They lived at Eglantine Villa, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, and his father was an oil merchant. He was the youngest of nine children, five girls and four boys, in what was doubtless a prosperous merchant family. He came to Coatham Grammar School as a boarder in September 1906, one month short of his fifteenth birthday, and stayed just three terms, leaving in July 1907. He went on to New College, Harrogate, an independent boys’ school. His father died in 1909 and his elder brother Guy took charge of the family business. In 1911 Frank, then aged 19, was a clerk in Middlesbrough in the business of ‘Oil & Grease Manufacture’, and he was living at home with his widowed mother and three older siblings. Frank’s brothers Guy and Wilfrid also served in the Army. Wilfrid rose to the rank of captain and survived to become a doctor after the War. Guy was killed in action on the Somme in September 1916, prior to Frank’s death the following year.