DELVILLE WOOD

LONGUEVAL - SOMME - FRANCE

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DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Somme, France

Edward James

PHILLIPS, M.C.

Grave III.G.15.

Wounded in Delville Wood on the 19th July 1916. Was of the last South African group relieved on the 20th July in Delville Wood. Recommended for the DSO and awarded the Military Cross for his conduct in Delville Wood.

Died on the 16th October 1916 of wounds received in front the Butte de Warlencourt. In the night of the 12-13th October, the 3rd S.A.I. relieved the 2nd and 4th S.A.I. which had suffered heavily during the attack on Snag and Tail Trenches. A new trench (Pearse's Trench) was dug and a patrol was sent on reconnaissance on The Pimple in the hands of the Germans. On the 14th October, the B Coy took The Pimple and a considerable part of the German communication trench. The B Coy was relieved by the A Coy in the night of the 15-16th October. The casualties of the 3rd S.A.I. amounted to 38 men.