Wilfred Edwards

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Wilfred Edwards
Wilfred Edwards VC.jpg
Born 16 February 1893
Norwich, Norfolk
Died 4 January 1972
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Buried at Upper and Lower Wortley Cemetery, Leeds
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major
Unit The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Major Wilfred Edwards VC (16 February 1893 – 4 January 1972) 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.

Edwards was born on 16 February 1893. He was 24 years old, and a private in the 7th Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 16 August 1917 at Langemarck, Belgium:

When all the company officers were lost, Private Edwards, without hesitation and under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire from a strong concrete fort, dashed forward at great personal risk, bombed through the loopholes, surmounted the fort and waved to his company to advance. Three officers and 30 other ranks were taken prisoner by him in the fort. Later he did most valuable work as a runner and eventually guided most of the battalion out through very difficult ground. Throughout he set a splendid example and was utterly regardless of danger.[1]

Edwards was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1917 and was demobilised in June 1919. He re-enlisted in the army when World War II broke out and rose to the rank of major.

He died in January 1972 and his medals are currently displayed in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum, Doncaster, England.


  1. ^ "No. 30284". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 September 1917. p. 9533. 

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