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Phillips Brian Osborne

 
 

Born 11th October 1918 to Algernon Joseph and Edith Annie Phillips Brian was 22 years old when he enlisted in the RANR.  

The following information courtesy of Rosemary Butler and her mother, Helen Gould (nee Bennison), who was a work colleague and friend of Brian.  

Brian Phillips was born in October 1918 as the younger of two sons.  His family lived in the Moonah area of Hobart

In 1935 Brian, with a group of other young men, attended the Remington   Business College  for several months.  During 1936 he went to work at the Agricultural Bank, a department of the Tasmanian Public Service, where Helen had started working at the beginning of that year.  Brian began as a files clerk and quickly progressed to become a correspondence clerk.

He was popular with the girls, as he was always bright and happy and had a chat to them all. 

Brian had joined the Naval Reserve in Hobart before the war and trained with them on designated evenings.  He was drafted into the Navy soon after WW2 was declared. 

He asked the girls in the office to write to him while he was away and he and Helen used to correspond.  In his last letter, which arrived when Helen was working at Navy Office in Melbourne , he said he was due for leave and would stop off in Melbourne to see her on the way home to Tasmania .  A very short time after that the news came through that he had died in hospital in Scotland of illness.  Helen believes it may have been as a result of infected eczema which flared up while he was in the tropics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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