Joseph was born 7 April 1904 in Liverpool to Max Phillips & Cecilia Benjamin but in later life he was known as John Jonas.
On 29 June 1927 he was shown as a deck boy on his first foreign going ship. The 1939 Register shows him as a Marine Fireman on the SS Badgestea.
Stoker John Jonas Phillips (service no. LT/KX105223) of the Royal Navy Patrol Service died aboard HM Trawler Burra on 20 March 1942, aged 37. He is commemorated at Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Headstone Inscription – ‘MY DEAR BROTHER JOHN. HIS NAME IS WRITTEN IN LETTERS OF LOVE IN HEARTS AT HOME’
See his entry at Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His details can also be found at the website Remembering the Jews of WW2. My thanks to Cathie Hewitt for the photo and the military information.