George Phillips came from a well known farming family in Carmartenshire. He had been High Sheriff of Carmarthen for 1938/9. Though a Barrister with rooms at Lincoln's Inn, he was a also a director of Phillips Rubber Soles Ltd, a very successful company set up by his brother Walter, making stick on and replacement rubber soles and heels for shoes.
Barrister and Director
He was recruited in September 1941 to be Organiser and Group Leader for Carmarthen. His Officer told him that in the event of German invasion his life would be in danger, or worse. His duties took up a great deal of his time and for the first year he paid all the expenses from his own pocket as he travelled around the area. After this he received expenses, being reportedly added to the roll of 202 Battalion Home Guard for this purpose, though he was not in uniform or known to the local Patrols either. His daughter Mollie was subsequently recruited and operated her own outstation.
After the war, on 31 May 1945, he wrote to Winston Churchill, requesting that the members of the Special Duties Organisaiton, his daughter in particular, be recognised with the award of some medal or similar, to remove the stigma of not have contributed during the war. He highlighted that having signed the Official Secrets Act that they were not permitted to discuss what they had done.
TNA ref WO 32/21918