Arthur Phillips: The 16th (Public Schools) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) was raised in London on the 1st of September 1914 by Lt-Col. J.J.Mackay. They trained at Kempton Park racecourse, moving to Warlingham in December. They joined 100th Brigade, 33rd Division at Clipstone Camp in July and moved to Perham Down for final training in August. They proceeded to France on the 17th of November, landing at Boulogne. 33rd Division concentrated near Morbecque, being strengthened by the exchange of 98th Brigade for the experienced 19th Brigade from 2nd Division. On the 25th of February 1916 they left Division and transferred to GHQ Troops then joined 86th Brigade, 29th Division on the 25th of April. In July they went into action in the Battles of the Somme. In 1917 they were in action in the The First, Second and Third Battle of the Scarpe during the Arras Offensive, then moved to Flanders and fought in the The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of Broodseinde and The Battle of Poelcapelle. Before moving south for The Battle of Cambrai. – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/middlesexregiment16-gw.php#sthash.9hNUOTUV.dpuf
Arthur’s WW1 Service Papers have not survived but the Medal Index shows that he went to France on 8th December 1915.
Born: Arthur was born in Oct/Nov 1895 Fairfield to John Thomas & Emma. Arthur was christened on 21st November at St Peters Church, he started North Road School on 9th January 1900 the family address was Alma Street.
1901 Census: Aged 6yrs. Living at 1 Alma Square, Fairfield.
1911 Census: The family had moved and were living at 14 Cross Street, Fairfield, Arthur now had 5 younger sisters and a younger brother. Arthur was working as an Apprentice House Painter for Mr Amos of Lightwood Road..