PHILLIPS, Albert Henry

Unit / Base: 
2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Died : 
Sunday, February 16, 1941
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Local Roll of Honour: 
Corporal Albert Phillips, 11 Special Air Service Bn., formerly No.2 Commando, died in a climbing accident during training at STC Lochailort. Son of Albert Henry and E. E. Phillips, of Newport, Monmouthshire. Cause of death “Multiple injuries. Accidentally killed by falling over precipice. Instantaneous.” Informant was the Adjutant at STC Lochailort.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/22.
Cause of death - Register of Deaths in the district of Arisaig.
  • He was serving with 11 Special Air Service Bn formerly designated as 2 (Parachute) Commando, at the time of his death.  The change of Unit name, in November 1940, from No 2 Commando in which he served,  to 11 SAS Bn., occurred only a couple of months before his death. This unit was the forerunner of the Parachute Regiment. 
  • The diary of Ernest Dale [view...] who was at STC Lochailort at the time records "In the winter of 1941 a soldier of No.10 Commando tried to lead a loaded mule along the icy top of a whale-backed mountain. Both man and mule slid about a thousand feet to be dashed onto huge rocks."  Whilst the Unit differs, the cause and time period is similar.
Primary Roll of Honour: 

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