Robert Edwin Phillips
|Robert Edwin Phillips|
11 April 1895|
West Bromwich, Staffordshire
|Died||23 September 1968
St Veep, Cornwall
|Buried at||St Veep Churchyard|
|Unit||The Royal Warwickshire Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Robert Edwin Phillips VC (11 April 1895 – 23 September 1968) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 21 years old, and a Temporary Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, British Army, attd. 9th (S) Battalion during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 25 January 1917 near Kut, Mesopotamia, Lieutenant Phillips went to the assistance of his commanding officer (Edward Elers Delaval Henderson) who was lying in the open mortally wounded while leading a counter-attack. The lieutenant went out with a comrade and, under the most intense fire, they succeeded in bringing their commanding officer back to our lines.
He later achieved the rank of Captain.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire), Warwick, England.
- Location of grave and VC medal (Cornwall)