Second Lieutenant R. A. Phillips
SAC 1912-1915

Second Lieutenant Ralph Aberdeen Phillips was born February 23, 1896, the son of Richard and Minnie Phillips of Havelock, Ontario, Canada. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1912 to 1915.

Ralph enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on January 7, 1916 however he was serving with the 11th Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps when he was accidentally killed on service on Thursday August 16th, 1917 at the age of 19 years. He is buried at the Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom (Grave Reference: 4. Q. 28.)

Grantham is a market town in the southern part of Lincolnshire, 25 miles south-south-west of the city of Lincoln. Grantham Cemetery is at New Somerby on the eastern side of the town. The cemetery was opened in 1857 and contains war graves of both world wars. Most of the 1914-1918 War graves are scattered, although a number of Australian and New Zealand machine-gunners are buried together in Section 15. 

  • Copy of Attestation Paper (National Archives) - Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Ralph Phillips. This page includes a link to his commemoration on Page 580 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.