|Born||24 December 1880|
|Died||8 July 1962 (aged 81)|
South Petherton, Somerset
|Years of service||1915–1919|
|Unit||Royal Army Chaplains' Department|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
World War I
|Other work||Anglican priest|
Edward Noel Mellish VC MC (24 December 1880 – 8 July 1962) 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.
Edward Noel Mellish was born on 24 December 1880 at Oakleigh Park, Barnet, North London. He was the son of Edward and Mary Mellish. He went on to be educated at Saffron Walden Grammar School and from there became a member of the Artists Rifles. In 1900 he began serving with Baden-Powell's police against the Boers in South Africa.
World War I
On the outbreak of the First World War Mellish was assistant curate at St Paul's, Deptford. He offered his services to the chaplaincy and served from May 1915 until February 1919. Just a few months after this his brother Second Lieutenant Richard Coppin Mellish was killed in action whilst serving with the 1st Middlesex Regiment at the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915. Reverend Mellish was attached to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in Ypres Salient in 1916 and it was then during the first three days of the Action of the St Eloi Craters that he performed the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was the first member of the army chaplaincy to win the VC in the First World War.
On three consecutive days, the 27 to 29 March 1916, during the heavy fighting at St. Eloi, Belgium, he went to-and fro continuously between the original trenches and the captured enemy trenches, attending to and rescuing wounded men. The first day, from an area swept by machine-gun fire, he rescued 10 severely wounded men. Although his battalion was relieved on the second day, he returned and rescued 12 more of the wounded. Taking charge of a group of volunteers, on the third day, he again returned to the trenches in order to rescue the remaining wounded. This excellent work was done voluntarily and was far outside the sphere of his normal duties
After the war
Mellish was born at Trenabie House, in Oakleigh Park North, in 1880. The house no longer exists but in March 2016 a plaque was installed nearby in a ceremony attended by Mellish's daughter Claire.
- W Avis, The Rev E. N. Mellish Walking Across Ground, Which Was Being Swept By Machine Gun Fire, To Tend The Wounded, 1920
- "No. 29555". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 April 1916. p. 4119.
- "Licence of the Rev. Edward Noel Mellish VC. to Perpetual Curacy of Baltonsborough". National Archives. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- Victoria Cross recipient honoured. Nick Griffin, London Borough of Barnet, 24 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- "Elegant Extracts" - The Royal Fusiliers Recipients of the VC (J.P. Kelleher, 2001)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
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