Port Curtis State School soldier honoured for service in war
MORE than a century after James Hamilton Phillips left Port Curtis Road State School, his memory will officially be honoured.
Private Phillips (inset) enlisted in the First World War in December 1914, after attending the school as a child with his two sisters.
He fought in the 15th Battalion and was killed in action on May 9, 1915, but has no known grave.
Although he was commemorated at Lone Pine Cemetery in Gallipoli, it's a memorial closer to home which holds special significance for Rockhampton.
A grant for is memorial was one of four announced for Rockhampton and Yeppoon by the Minister Assisting the Premier on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes yesterday.
In round two of the Anzac Centenary Community Grants Program, 87 projects Queensland-wide received a total of $1.8 million funding to recognise local contributions to Australia's First World War effort.
Port Curtis Road State School teacher Irene Ingrey was delighted to hear Private Phillips' memorial received funding.
Built at the school, the memorial will be surrounded by a garden with flowers in the blue and brown colours of the 15th Battalion.
She said the school hoped Private Phillips' descendants would be able to attend the consecration of the memorial next year.
Two other grants will fund the restoration of two First World War field cannons at the South Rockhampton swimming pool and provide 16 Light Horse Uniforms and equipment for the Rockhampton Light Horse Regiment Historical Troop.
Funding will also go towards enhancing the Yeppoon Anzac Precinct and honouring previously unrecognised soldiers killed in the First World War.
$16,364 to restore two First World War field cannons displayed in Rockhampton since 1921
$27,000 for 16 uniforms and equipment to kit four horses for the Rockhampton Light Horse Regiment Historical Troop
$1,693 for Private Phillips' memorial at Port Curtis Road State School
$58,522 to enhance the Yeppoon Anzac Precinct