A WAR hero who was excluded from a Government scheme to commemorate First World War soldier will now get a memorial to honour his sacrifice.
Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Bent (pictured), who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the conflict, was left out of initial plans to celebrate winners of the highest award for gallantry as part of its centenary next year.
However, the Ashby man, who was left out as he was born in Canada, will now receive recognition as part of wider plans announced by the Government following the backlash to its initial decision.
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said Commonwealth Victoria Cross holders would be commemorated but in separate proposals.
He said: “The men who gave their lives in the Great War will remain heroes forever.
“The Government will be setting out more of its plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary shortly.
“This will include the most appropriate way to commemorate Commonwealth Victoria Cross winners. No hero will be forgotten.
“Plans on how to commemorate recipients of the Victoria Cross from the Commonwealth are currently being worked up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office so those who were born outside the UK can also be suitably recognised.
“This will include which country is the best place for a memorial and what that memorial should be.
“The place in which an individual was born will always have a special resonance.
“When there is more than one option, communities can come together to agree where an appropriate memorial for heroes should be located.”
He attended Ashby Boys Grammar School (now Ashby School) between 1904 and 1907. He was killed in action, aged 26, leading a battalion of the Royal Leicester Regiment, on October 1 1917, east of Polygood Wood, Belgium, near Passchendaele.