LETTER: Can you help with veteran research?

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I am trying to contact the family of a Thomas Phillips. Details below.

Sergeant Thomas Phillips is one of the 371 British servicemen who died on active service during the four-year Cyprus Emergency, April 1 1955 to April 18 1959, and whose name is among those remembered with honour on the British Cyprus memorial. Serving with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, he died in an accident on October 24 1957. Aged 28 and from Chesterfield he is buried at Wayne’s Keep, the British military cemetery in Cyprus, plot 24, row D, grave one.

My reason for searching for the relatives is to let them know that since 2009 the next of kin of any British service person who died whilst on active service is entitled to receive The Elizabeth Cross. As Thomas was 28 when he died he may have had children.

I started a project in December 2015 searching for the relatives of the 371 British servicemen who died in Cyprus 1955 to 1959 to inform them of The Elizabeth Cross. To date I have found over 130 next of kin and most have now received The Elizabeth Cross.

I would also like to hear from anyone else who lost a relative in Cyprus or anyone who served in Cyprus 1955 to 1959.

Just for your interest I have a website http://cyprusveterans.webs.com/

Les Smith

Cyprus veteran