Frederick Jeremiah Edwards

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Frederick Jeremiah Edwards VC
Born(1894-10-03)3 October 1894
Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland
Died9 March 1964(1964-03-09) (aged 69)
Richmond, Surrey, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Unit12th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War IBattle of the Somme
AwardsVictoria Cross

Frederick Jeremiah Edwards (3 October 1894 – 9 March 1964) VC was an Irish 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 could not read or write.


Edwards was born in Queenstown (now named Cobh), County Cork, Ireland. He was 21 years old, and a private in the 12th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own), British Army during the First World War, and was awarded the VC for his deeds on 26 September 1916 in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge at Thiepval, France: part of the line was held up by machine-gun fire and all the officers had become casualties. There was confusion and indication of retirement. Private Edwards, grasping the situation and on his own initiative, dashed out towards the gun, which he knocked out with his bombs. This very gallant act, coupled with great presence of mind and disregard of personal danger, made further advance possible and cleared up a dangerous situation.[1]

He was later promoted to corporal and after leaving the army he was forced to sell his medal to make ends meet. He died on 9 March 1964 at the Royal Star and Garter Home in Richmond (then in Surrey, now in London) and is buried in Richmond Cemetery.[2]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, England.

In popular culture[edit]

Edwards was portrayed by Adam Webb in the 2006 BBC docudrama The Somme – From Defeat to Victory


  1. ^ "No. 29836". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 November 1916. p. 11526.
  2. ^ "Frederick Jeremiah Edwards". Victoria Cross holders buried in the borough. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2014.


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