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In May 1906 Philips held the appointment of Assistant Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of Ireland. Between July 1911 and May 1912, he was posted to Canada as Staff Officer of Canadian Forces.


With the outbreak of the Great War, Philips deployed to Franc on 13 August 1914, taking command of the 79 Infantry Brigade on 11 September 1915. In May 1915 he took command of the 189th Infantry Brigade. From the end of October 1917 until July 1919 he was Commandant of the British base at Rouen. For his wartime services Philips was entitled to the 1914 Star with rosette, and the British War and Victory Medals. In March 1915 he was presented the Distinguished Service Order. In June 11917 he was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. At some point during the war Philps was also made a Companion of the Order of the British Empire although I have yet to find the corresponding entry in the London Gazette.


In the years following the end of the war, honors continue to have been bestowed on Philips. The King of the Belgians awarded Philips with a commandership in the Ordre de la Couronne. In 1924 he was made a Companion in the most Honourable Order of the Bath.


Philips had previously married Miss Margaret Aline Macdonald Moreton at Bembridge, Isle of Wight on 17 August 1909. The couple would have four children – two sons and two daughters. One son, Lieutenant Norman Lewis Philips of the 2/KRRC died of wounds in France on 28 May 1940.

Lewis Francis Philips died on 23 October 1935 at his home at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight .



 Cabinet Photograph

Cavilla & Bruzon - Photographers

Main Street


c. 1891

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