Dartmouth Park War Memorial was the setting for an event to mark the commemoration of the stone laid in honour of Captain Robert Edwin Phillips, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery, under fire, in going with a comrade to the assistance of his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Henderson, and bringing him back behind the lines. The commemoration took place on 25 January 2017, one hundred years from the date of the actual event during WW1.
Several members of Captain Phillip's family attended the ceremony and his grandson, Howard Forti, gave a touching tribute to his grandfather in his address. Also present were the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Dr Keith Bradshaw, DL, the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Julie Webb, and several other Sandwell Councillors. The Royal British Legion and local veteran groups were well represented.
Eaton Valley Primary School Choir gave a beautiful performance of a song, 'Remember', which drew much applause from the large group of people who had come to the Park to witness the unveiling of the Commemorative Stone.
Following the service the attendees retired to the Pavilion for refreshments.
Captain Phillips was born in 1895 at Hill Top, West Bromwich, and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. On leaving school he worked for the Inland Revenue where he stayed throughout his working life. He died in 1968 and is buried in the churchyard of St Veep's Church near Lostwithiel in Cornwall.
The following photographs taken by Seumas Kelly tell the story of what was a very memorable occasion.