Edward Unwin

Edward Unwin

Birth
Fawley, New Forest District, Hampshire, England
Death 19 Apr 1950 (aged 86)
Hindhead, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Burial Grayshott, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Memorial ID 10697468 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Fawley, England, he served as a Commander in the British Royal Navy. During the troop landing on V Beach Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, on April 25, 1915, Commander Unwin's ship the HMS River Clyde was under a murderous enemy fire attempting to get the lighters into position on the shore. Commander Unwin with four other men left his ship to work on securing the lighters on the shore line. He worked on, until suffering from the effects of cold and immersion, forced him to return to the ship. Having in some degree recovered, he returned to his work shore party against the doctor's order. Despite being wounded several times, he completed securing the lighters on the shore line. After having his wounds attended to, he once more left his ship in a lifeboat, to save some wounded men who were lying in shallow water near the beach. For leadership and gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on January 15, 1916. Following his actions at Gallipoli, he remained in the Royal Navy and obtained the rank of Commodore. He died at age 86 in Hindhead, England.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 28 Mar 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10697468
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Unwin (17 Mar 1864–19 Apr 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10697468, citing St Luke's Churchyard, Grayshott, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .