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Edmund De Wind
Birth: Dec. 11, 1883
Comber
County Down, Northern Ireland
Death: Mar. 21, 1918
Thiepval
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Although born and educated in his native Ireland, he was residing in Canada when World War I broke out. He enlisted as a Private in the The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada regiment, and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1914 to 1917, seeing action in a number of engagements, including the 1916 First Battle of the Somme. In September 1917 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army, and was assigned to 15th Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on March 21, 1918 during the 2nd Battle of the Somme. His citation reads "At the Racecourse Redoubt, near Groagie, France, for seven-hours Second Lieutenant De Wind held this important post and though twice wounded and practically single-handed, he maintained his position until another section could be sent to his help. On two occasions, with two NCOs only, he got out on top under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared the enemy out of the trench, killing many of them. He continued to repel attack after attack until he was mortally wounded and collapsed." Mount De Wind in Alberta, Canada was named in his honor. 
 
Burial:
Pozieres Memorial
Pozieres
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France
Plot: Panel 74 to 76 (No known Grave)
 
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Record added: Sep 16, 2004
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