Phillip was a Corporal in the 1st battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He died, aged 23, on November 24th 1942. He is buried in Beja War Cemetery in Tunisia.
On 8 November 1942, Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. The Germans responded immediately by sending a force from Sicily to northern Tunisia, which checked the Allied advance east in early December. Beja was just behind the limit of the advance that winter. His record with the CWGC can be found here.