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Buying a Remembrance Bench for Bob!
Lynwood Road lost a very good neighbour when Bob Filby, of number 15, passed away last summer. Since he moved here 18 years’ ago he had played a key role within the Lynwood Road community including with the Residents’ Association.
However, unbeknown to most people he had been decorated with the Military Cross by Field Marshall Montgomery for an act of outstanding bravery during the World War II campaign in Europe in 1944 as well as receiving the Croix de Guerre from President de Gaulle. During the D Day landings Bob was part of an 800 strong battalion. He was the only platoon commander to survive.
He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
He was one of 7 children, and sadly his father died when he was aged 9 years. So, life was rather tough for the young Filby. Yet he made the most of life and post war he took a temporary position as a junior clerk with Gordons Gin. Forty years later he retired as chairman and even had a cocktail named after him.
Once in retirement Bob took the role of President of the Licensed Victuallers’ National Homes, following in the footsteps of HRH Prince Philip and The Duke of Kent. Supported by Joyce, his wife of 69 years of marriage, he raised £1.46 million in a single year…an unbeaten record!
Bob’s local trademark was his well-tended garden which was always a delight to view when entering our development. With this in mind, and especially as we are remembering all the war heroes from a century ago, we feel it would be a worthy gesture to express our thanks, from those who wish to, by contributing a donation towards a remembrance bench within our central gardens.
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Hilary and Martin
Feb 19, 2019
Great idea to commemorate a great man
Feb 14, 2019
Bob was such a well respected member of our communityCeri and Nick
The Sikuade family
Feb 12, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
We only knew Bob for a short time but he made us most welcome as his new neighbour and we miss him very much.Terry and Val West
Feb 5, 2019
Thank you, Rachel. It's a lovely idea. We will always remember Bob fondly and miss his company.
Janis and Steve
Jan 31, 2019
Thanks to Rachel for organising this in memory of a true gentleman who served his country and his community well. We will remember him for his friendly greetings whenever we passed him in his garden.
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