Philip was born in Kilsheelan, Co Tipperary. After his father's death, he was raised by his Aunt Rachel in England. He was an apprentice brewer and a volunteer reservist in the British territorial army. He campaigned in France in 1940, and was transferred to India the same year. In 1943, while fighting the Japanese, he drowned while crossing the River Kalapazin.

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