Harry Phillips was born in Thame on the 6th April 1908 to Harry and Eliza Jane (nee North) Phillips. They lived at 36 North Street, Thame. His father worked as an omnibus driver. Harry worked as a carpenter for Howland Builders in Queens Road.
He was married at the age of 29 to Emma Hillsdon (nee White) on 5th February 1938. They had three boys: Michael, Geoffrey and Anthony, and lived at 59 North Street, Thame.
Harry went to war with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry but was held back due to illness and ended up with the 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment. In 1943 they went to the Middle East and then the war in Italy.
He was on duty on the Front Line in Italy when he was killed. Some shells came over and exploded near him. A splinter hit his head, killing him instantly.
Private Harry Phillips is buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Tuscany, Arezzo, Italy, and is remembered in Thame on the War Memorial and on St Mary’s Church Memorial Board
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Arezzo War Cemetery, Tuscany, Arezzo, Italy on 24th May 2015 by Yvonne Maxwell (Thame Remembers)