Frederick Jeremiah Edwards

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Force: 12th Bn, The Middlesex Regiment
  • VC Won: Thiepval, Somme, France, 26 September 1916
  • Born: Queenstown, Co Cork, Ireland, 3 October 1894
  • Died: The Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond on 9 March 1964
  • Location of VC: National Army Museum, London
  • Grave: Richmond Cemetery, Grave number 87, Section 22

Accounts of Deeds

On 26 September 1916, 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 very dangerous situation. Later, he was promoted to Sergeant. He died at the Royal Star & Garter Home at Richmond and is buried in the specific soldier's section in front of the Bromhead Memorial within Richmond Cemetery.

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Updated: 3 August 2009