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Captain RE Phillips, VC

philipsRobert Edwin Phillips was born on the 11th April 1895 in West Bromwich. He served as a Temporary Lieutenant and later Captain with the 13th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but was attached to the 9th Battalion (with whom he saw active service). The 9th Battalion was involved in fierce fighting against the Turks near Kut in Mesopotamia. On the 25th January 1917 a Turkish counter attack had driven the leading British troops out of their trenches. Colonel Henderson the commanding officer of the 9th Battalion was severely wounded during the Battalion’s attack to regain the position. Captain Phillips showed great courage both during the attack and in bringing Colonel Henderson back to the British trenches.

 


philips group photoHis says reads “After his command officer had been mortally wounded while leading a counter-attack, Temporary Lieutenant Phillips went out under most intense fire to his assistance and eventually succeeded in bringing him back to our own lines. Captain Phillips showed sustained courage in its very highest form and throughout he had little chance of ever getting back alive.”

Captain Phillips survived the War and died in Cornwall in 1968.