Robert Edwin Phillips (11/04/1895 – 23/09/1968) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions On 25 January 1917 near Kut, Mesopotamia during the First World War in 1917. 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 Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30122, Page: 5703, reads:
“Temp. Lt. and Adj.t. Robert Edwin Phillips, R. War. R.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
After his Commanding Officer had been mortally wounded in leading a counter attack, Lt. Phillips went out under the most intense fire to his assistance, and eventually, with the help of a comrade, succeeded in bringing him back to our lines.
Lt. Phillips had in the first instance tried to get a telephone wire across the open following
the battalion in their counter-attack. This was impossible when the Signallers were killed. His ‘Commanding Officer lay wounded in the open, and as the counter attack had succeeded, he turned all his energies on getting him in. He showed sustained courage in its very highest form, and but little chance of ever getting back alive.”
He is buried in St Cyrus & St Julietta Churchyard, St Veep, Cornwall.
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