Edward Lawson (VC)

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Edward Lawson
Born (1873-04-11)11 April 1873
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died 2 July 1955(1955-07-02) (aged 82)
Walker, Northumberland
Buried Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Private
Unit Gordon Highlanders
Awards Victoria Cross

Edward Lawson VC (11 April 1873 – 2 July 1955) was an English 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.

Medals displayed at Gordon Highlanders Museum.
Lawson's Victoria Cross displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.

He was a Private in the 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army during the Tirah Campaign when the following deed took place on 20 October 1897 on the Dargai Heights, for which he was awarded the VC:

The Gordon Highlanders. Private E. Lawson.

During the attack on the Dargai Heights on the 20th October, 1897, Private Lawson carried Lieutenant K. Dingwall, the Gordon Highlanders (who was wounded and unable to move), out of a heavy fire, and subsequently returned and brought in Private McMillan, being himself wounded in two places.[1]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland[2].

Sometime after The First World War, Edward Lawson lived with his family in Parson's Avenue, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne


Ribbon Description Notes
UK Victoria Cross ribbon bar.svg Victoria Cross (VC)
  • 1897
India Medal BAR.svg India Medal
Queen's South Africa Medal.png Queen's South Africa Medal
  • Clasps: Transvaal, Driefontein, Paardeberg and Cape Colony
King's South Africa Medal.png King's South Africa Medal
  • Clasps: South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902
Ribbon - Efficiency Medal (South Africa).png Territorial Efficiency Medal


  1. ^ "No. 26968". The London Gazette. 20 May 1898. pp. 3165–3165.
  2. ^ "The Victoria Cross". The Gordon Highlanders Museum. Retrieved 16 September 2017.