Edmund De Wind

Edmund De Wind

Birth
Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Death 21 Mar 1918 (aged 34)
Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Plot Panel 74 to 76 (No known Grave)
Memorial ID 9467692 · View Source
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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.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edmund De Wind (11 Dec 1883–21 Mar 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9467692, citing Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .