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I used to live on Edwin Phillips Drive, as one of the earlier residents. Its a shame more was not done at the time when the street was being developed and the first residents moving in, perhaps the fault would have been noticed then. It would have been nice if the builder at least would have informed the sales staff as to how and why the street was named. Saucony Grid Sd Public Garden
Robert Edwin Phillips was one of three men born in the borough awarded the honour who are each having a special paving stone laid in their memory as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.
He has on a number of occasions asked for the roads name to be changed and has written to the council demanding something be done. Now, with this year marking the centenary of the First World War, he hopes the council will decide to replace the sign.
Robert Edwin Phillips, or Bob as he was known to friends and family, was born on April 11 1895 in Queen Street, Hill Top as the son of a foundry worker
For his valiant act he was awarded Britain's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, the citation for his act of 'supreme gallantry' said he had shown 'sustained courage in its very highest form.'
But instead the naming of a road has been labelled 'shameful' after Sandwell Council failed to get the name of the hero right.
he was transferred to the London office of the Inland Revenue and while their enlisted with the 1st/15th Reebok Navy Sport Shoes
I often asked and nobody knew. It too a lot of time and effort to find out the reason at the time.
Company of the London Regiment, on March 17 1914. Just over half a year later he was commissioned in the 13th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but was attached to the 9th Battalion as a Temporary Lieutenant, where he was later promoted to the rank of Captain.
To show support for Mr Price, Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, is calling on people to contact him if they are concerned about the name of the road. He said: "I think it would be a fitting tribute to have the name corrected in the year of the centenary of the First World War and I would like to hear from residents in the area If they think it is something that should be pursued."
After the war Captain Phillips returned home and married Beatrice Brockhouse, continuing his job as an Inland Revenue officer. He died in 1968 at Lostwithiel in Cornwall.
On the January 25, 1917 a Turkish counter attack had driven the leading British troops out of their trenches. Colonel Edward Elers Delaval Henderson, his commanding officer was severely wounded during the Battalion's attack to regain the British position. Lieutenant Phillips went out no man's land between the trenches under intense enemy fire with his comrade, Corporal Scott and they succeeded in bringing Colonel Henderson back to the British lines.
Following the promotion of his father Alfred, the family moved to Holyhead House in Hill Top, where in 2008 a Blue Plaque was unveiled to mark Robert's childhood home. As a youngster he attended King Edwards VI Grammar School before securing a position in the inland revenue, where he began a career spanning forty years, interrupted only by his service during the First World War. In 1913 Reebok Kendrick Lamar Black
"His family were very upset when they heard that his name hadn't been put right on the sign. Sandwell Council should be ashamed of themselves."
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His Battalion was involved in fierce fighting against the Turkish army near Kut Reebok Alien Stomper Mid in Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq.
Well known historian Terry Price has spent the last six years campaigning tirelessly with the council to have Edwin Phillips Drive renamed, so that it properly honours the town's only VC hero Robert Phillips. He was first made aware of the problem in 2008 by Dr Derek Pinches, the nephew of Robert Edwin Phillips nearly eight years after the road was named after the First World War soldier.
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