William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards

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William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards
Depiction of the battle of Tel-el-Kebir
Depiction of the battle of Tel-el-Kebir
Born (1855-05-07)7 May 1855
Hardingham, Norfolk
Died 17 September 1912(1912-09-17) (aged 57)
Hardingham, Norfolk
Buried St George's Churchyard, Hardingham, Norfolk (52°36′21″N 1°00′15″E / 52.60583°N 1.00417°E / 52.60583; 1.00417Coordinates: 52°36′21″N 1°00′15″E / 52.60583°N 1.00417°E / 52.60583; 1.00417)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1876–1896
Rank Major
Unit 74th Highlanders
Highland Light Infantry
Battles/wars 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms

Major William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards, VC, DL (7 May 1855 – 17 September 1912) 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.

Early life[edit]

Edwards was the son and heir of Henry William Bartholomew, of Hardingham Hall, Norfolk. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He did not take a degree at Cambridge, but joined the Army. He was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant on the Unattached List on 22 March 1876,[2] and in January 1877 joined the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot,[3] with the rank of lieutenant.[4]

Victoria Cross[edit]

Edwards was 27 years old, and serving as a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, during the British occupation of Egypt when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 13 September 1882 at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, Lieutenant Edwards led a party of the Highland Light Infantry to storm a redoubt. The lieutenant who was in advance of his party, rushed alone into the battery, killed the artillery officer in charge and was himself knocked down by a gunner with a rammer and was rescued only by the timely arrival of three men of his regiment.[5] He was severely wounded.[6]

Later career[edit]

Edwards was promoted to captain on 23 March 1887.[7] He served as adjutant of the 3rd Battalion, HLI, from 1 January 1892,[8] until 1 November 1893,[9] and was promoted to major on 4 September 1895.[10] Edwards retired from the army on 11 November 1896.[11]

On 19 February 1899, on the nomination of Lord Belper, he was appointed one of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms,[12] and on 13 August 1900 he was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk.[13]


  1. ^ "Edwards, William Mordaunt Marsh (EDWS874WM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "No. 24307". The London Gazette. 21 March 1876. p. 2015.
  3. ^ "No. 24404". The London Gazette. 16 January 1877. p. 219.
  4. ^ "No. 24599". The London Gazette. 28 June 1878. p. 3835.
  5. ^ "No. 25198". The London Gazette. 13 February 1883. p. 792.
  6. ^ "No. 25154". The London Gazette. 6 October 1882. p. 4558.
  7. ^ "No. 25716". The London Gazette. 28 June 1887. p. 3498.
  8. ^ "No. 26250". The London Gazette. 26 January 1892. p. 426.
  9. ^ "No. 26681". The London Gazette. 19 November 1895. p. 6253.
  10. ^ "No. 26658". The London Gazette. 3 September 1895. p. 4970.
  11. ^ "No. 26793". The London Gazette. 10 November 1896. p. 6126.
  12. ^ "No. 27067". The London Gazette. 31 March 1899. p. 2159.
  13. ^ "No. 27222". The London Gazette. 21 August 1900. p. 5180.

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