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Alex Selwyn Phillips

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alex Selwyn AWMM
  • Surname
    Phillips AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    279647 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    279647 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Bay of Islands, Wellington AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 8 January 1941 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Walter Phillips and of Alice Emmeline Phillips (Nee Lupton), of Manurewa

    Attended Manurewa Primary and Otahuhu Technical High School. He enjoyed football, tennis, running, swimming and hockey. He also was a member of the Stamp Club.

    According to family Selwyn was attached to the Colonel's HQ or Battalion HQ. He was known as "Communication Line" Runner on the night of the 20/21 April 1943, the night of the assault on Takrouna, Colonel Harding and a party of about 15, comprising Officers, NCO's , Signallers and the Company Runner, were advancing under heavy fire when a shell burst almost amongst them killing Selwyn and his Platoon Commander instantly. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    21 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM VIII. B. 1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2229796
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.316 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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