Edward Warner VC

Edward Warner (18/11/1883 – 02/05/1915) was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry during the defence of Hill 60, Ypres on 1 May 1915.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 29210, Page: 6270, reads:

No. 7602 Private Edward Warner, 1st Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment.

For most conspicuous bravery near ” Hill 60 ” on 1st May, 1915.

After Trench 46 had been vacated by our troops, consequent on a gas attack, Private Warner entered it single-handed in order to prevent the enemy taking possession.

Reinforcements were sent to Private Warner, but could not reach him owing to the gas. He then came back and brought up more men, by which time he was completely exhausted, but the trench was held until the enemy’s attack ceased.

This very gallant soldier died shortly afterwards from the effects of gas poisoning.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, panel 31-33


Menin Gate. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 30/04/2017. Inscription image courtesy of Mark Green.  Cigarette card by Card Promotions © 2001, first issued 1915

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