Albert Henry Phillips, the son of Albert Henry and E E Phillips, of Newport, Monmouthshire, enlisted into The Royal Tanks Corps in 1935.
A keen physical athlete, he became Corps Middleweight boxing champion in 1936 and won an inter unit area athletics championship two years later.
Phillips had become a physical training instructor and reached the rank of corporal by the time he volunteered to join British airborne forces shortly after its formation in 1940.
He served with No 2 (Parachute) Commando and was killed in parachute training a few months after the unit had been redesignated as 11 SAS Battalion.
Cpl Phillips died on 16 February 1941, aged 24 years, and is now buried at West Bromwich (All Saints) Churchyard Jubilee Extensions, Staffordshire, (Grave 587).
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