Phillip Davey (1896–1953) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria
Cross. Along with his unit, the 10th Battalion, he landed at Anzac Cove,
Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915. He fought with his unit against the
Ottoman army until he was evacuated sick in early November. He rejoined
his battalion on the Western Front in October 1916. In January 1918 he
was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in rescuing a wounded man
under fire. He was promoted to corporal in April. On 28 June, in the
lead-up to the capture of Merris, he killed an eight-man German machine-
gun crew, saving his platoon from annihilation, for which he was awarded
the Victoria Cross. During this action he was severely wounded. He
returned to Australia to be discharged, and was employed by South
Australian Railways before dying in 1953, having suffered for years with
bronchitis and emphysema. His medals are displayed in the Hall of Valour
at the Australian War Memorial.
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