Staff Sergeant Eric Phillips

18 Sep 1944

Eric Phillips was the son of George and Annie Phillips, of Rastrick, Brighouse, Yorkshire. He enlisted into the Royal Artillery, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Staff Sergeant Phillips successfully completed his Glider Pilot training and was posted to F Squadron, 2nd Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

S/Sgt Phillips was killed in action on 18 September 1944, aged 21, and was given a field burial in a mass grave near the Schoonoord Hotel, Oosterbeek, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 13 August 1945. If you are part of S/Sgt Phillips’s family and would like to complete this biography, you can apply to the curator to do so. To do this you will need to become a member of ParaData and select the 'friend or family member' option on the registration form. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member please visit our registration page. Members of ParaData can submit their material by clicking on the 'Add content to this article' button on the right. 

By Rod Gibson

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