Major Philip Arthur Chambers

Birth Date 12 September 1876
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Wellington
Death Date 09 May 2017
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Petersham
Final Rank Major
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 23 May 1918 on page 1125 at position 63
London Gazette 16 January 1918 on page 937 at position 31

Philip Arthur Chambers was born in Wellington, New South Wales, on 12 September 1876. He was educated at Kelly College in Devon, England, and then attended St Edward's School at Oxford. On leaving school Chambers returned to Australia and enlisted with the Australian Light Horse of the Citizens' Forces. He qualified for an appointment as a second lieutenant in 1908 and married his wife, Ethel, in 1911. The 38-year-old grazier enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 12 May 1915 and departed Sydney with the 12th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Vestalia on 22 June 1915.Chambers was deployed to Gallipoli in August and was evacuated to Egypt a couple of months later due to a severe case of paratyphoid. Invalided due to this disease, he was sent back to Australia in January 1916, but returned to Egypt in August 1916 and was made temporary commanding officer of the 12th Light Horse Regiment. His diaries from this time provide an officer's observations of the regiment as well as noting various troop movements, sporting matches, courts martial, and training undertaken.In April 1917, Chambers sustained shrapnel wounds to both his right shoulder and his left hip. During July he distinguished himself as a leader of his unit and on December 1917 was Mentioned in Despatches by General Sir Edmund Allenby. Chambers continued to serve with the 12th Light Horse Regiment for the remainder of the war, noting in his diaries such battles as the second battle of Gaza in 1917, the raid on Es Salt in 1918, and the battle of Samakh in 1918. After having briefly been made commanding officer again in March 1919, Chambers returned to Australia and was officially discharged from the AIF on 20 October 1919. Philip Arthur Chambers died at Petersham, New South Wales, in 1950.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Major
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    RMS Mongolia
    Date of Embarkation
    08 July 1916
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Major
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Vestalia A44
    Date of Embarkation
    22 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    16 January 1918 on page 937 at position 31
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1918 on page 1125 at position 63
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    11 September 1917
    Unit
    12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Brevet Major
    Classification
    Brevet/temporary/honorary/promotions in rank
    Date of Recommendation
    05 October 1917
    Unit
    12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Order of the Nile
    Classification
    Egyptian awards and medals
    Date of Recommendation
    01 June 1919
    Unit
    12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major

Timeline

Date of birth 1876-09-12
Date of embarkation 1915-06-22
Date of embarkation 1916-07-08
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-05
Other 1919-04-01 - 1919-05-28 Commanding Officer of the 12thLight Horse Regiment.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-06
Date returned to Australia 1919-07-17
Date of death 1950

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