Alexander Edwards VC

Alexander Edwards (04/11/1885 – 24/03/1918) was awarded the Victoria Cross for for his actions at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge during the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 14 September 1917, Supplement: 30284, Page: 9532, reads:

“No. 265473 Sjt. Alexander Edwards, Sea. Highrs. (Lossiemouth).

For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when, having located a hostile machine gun in a wood, he, with great dash and courage, led some men against it, killed all the team and captured the gun.

Later, when a sniper was causing casualties, he crawled out to stalk him, and although badly wounded in the arm, went on and killed him.

One officer only was now left with the company, and, realising that the success of the operation depended on the capture of the furthest objective, Sjt. Edwards, regardless of his wound, led his men on till this objective was captured.

He subsequently showed great skill in consolidating his position, and very great daring in personal reconnaissance.

Although again twice wounded on the following day, this very gallant N.C.O. maintained throughout a complete disregard for personal safety, and his high example of  coolness and determination engendered a fine fighting spirit in his men.”

Serjeant Alexander Edwards has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing in France.

Arras Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph Mclean and the South African War Graves Project. 

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