Edgar Myles

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Edgar Kinghorn Myles
Edgar Kinghorn Myles VC.jpg
Born 29 July 1894
East Ham, Essex, England
Died 31 January 1977 (aged 82)
Bishopsteignton, Devon, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914 - 1928, 1939 - 1940
Rank Captain
Unit Welsh Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment attd
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order

Edgar Kinghorn Myles VC DSO (29 July 1894 – 31 January 1977) was a British recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was deployed with the 8th (Service) Battalion, Welsh Regiment, British Army, attached to 9th (Service) Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.[1] On 9 April 1916 at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, during combat, Second lieutenant Myles went out alone several times in front of British advanced trenches to assist wounded men on the battlefield. While under heavy rifle fire, and at great personal risk, he carried in a wounded officer to safety. For his service he received the Victoria Cross.

The citation[edit]

2nd Lt Edgar Kinghorn Myles, Welsh R. For most conspicuous bravery. He went out alone on several occasions in front of our advance trenches, and, under heavy rifle fire and at great personal risk, assisted wounded men lying in the open. On one occasion he carried in a wounded officer to a place of safety under circumstances of great danger.[2]

He transferred to the King's Regiment (Liverpool) as a lieutenant in 1923 and was later promoted to captain.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in Worcester, England.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  2. ^ "No. 29765". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 September 1916. p. 9418. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 

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