Victoria Cross recipient Robert Edwin Phillips has a road named after him in his home town of West Bromwich.
And nearby, on Holyhead House, a blue plaque was erected in 2008 to further commemorate the valour of this King Edward VI School, Aston, scholar.
Philips was born at 12 Queen Street, Hill Top, West Bromwich, on April 11, 1895.
His father, Alfred Phillips, who worked as a skilled roll turner at the West Bromwich metal business of Charles Akrill & Co, sent him to Aston Grammar School from 1907 to 1911.
Although he began as a fee-paying pupil at £3.30s per annum, he obviously achieved excellent results and in 1910 was awarded a scholarship.
At 16 he left school and went to work as a clerk for the Inland Revenue in Worcester. Shortly afterwards, in 1913, he was transferred to London where he enlisted in the army.
On December 3, 1914, Robert was commissioned in the 9th/13th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, holding the rank of Temporary 2nd Lieutenant.
While serving at Gallipoli in November 1915 he was wounded but soon re-joined his regiment, which had moved to Mesopotamia.
There he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and showed the courage for which he received the Victoria Cross in 1917.
His citation acclaimed his outstanding bravery, in setting out under intense fire with little hope of returning alive, in order to assist his severely wounded commanding officer.
Against all expectations but with the help of a comrade, he brought him back to safety.
Other evidence of his leadership and courage can be seen in his award of the Legion of Honour by the French in 1917 and in being twice mentioned in dispatches, in March 1917 and then in March 1918, for distinguished service in Mesopotamia.
Robert survived the war and returned to his career in the Civil Service. He married Beatrice, a teacher of domestic science, also from West Bromwich, but his work took them and their two children to live in many places outside the area until they retired to Cornwall.
While on leave in November 1918, Robert returned to his school at Aston to be presented with a silver casket “as a small token of our thankfulness for what you and others have done and as a token of our intense pride that one of our body should have risen to the greatest heights of courage and self-sacrifice”.
Even better, perhaps, for the pupils, who enjoyed a whole day’s holiday to celebrate.