Frederick Edwards ["Tales of the V.C."]

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Middlesex Regiment VC

Private Frederick Edwards, 12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was awarded the V.C. for bravery on 26th September 1916 at Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme. His regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) commenced another attack against powerful German defences. Part of this advance was held up by machine gun fire during which time all the officers became casualties and, as happens on most like occasions because of such loss of leadership, confusion reigned and retirement, the usual course of action, would probably have occurred. However, Private Edwards, grasping the situation and on his own initiative dashed out towards the machine gun which he knocked out with his hand grenades. This very brave act, coupled with great presence of mind and total disregard of personal danger made further advance possible and cleared up a dangerous situation. It is possible that, as an Irishman, his service in the British Army, like many others was not viewed with favour by the new Republic and consequently he seems to have settled in London. However, later in life he was forced to sell his medal to make ends meet. This account of his actions was written by James Price Lloyd of the Welsh Regiment, who served with Military Intelligence. After the war, the government to destroyed all the archives relating to this propaganda (section MI 7b (1)). They were regarded as being too sensitive to risk being made public. Remarkably these documents have survived in the personal records of Captain Lloyd. Many of these papers are officially stamped, and one can trace the development of many individual articles from the notes based on an idea, to the pencil draft which is then followed by the hand-written submission and the typescript. The archive "Tales of the VC" comprises 94 individual accounts of the heroism that earned the highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross. These are recounted deferentially and economically, yet they still manage to move the reader. Date stamp: 8 June 1918.

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Frederick Edwards
Born: October 3, 1894 in Cobh (Queenstown) Ireland
Died: March 9, 1964 in Borough of Richmond, London
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James Price Lloyd
Origin date
September 26, 1916 – August 16, 1918
Propaganda, Trench Life
Western Front
Jeremy Arter
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