Edwards, John Stanley

He was the son of Stanley and Dorothy Edwards of Liverpool and came to Winchester from Hinwick House School, Wellingborough. At the outbreak of war he was in business in South America and returning to England,¬†obtained a commission in December 1914 in the Lancashire Hussars (Yeomanry). He went to France in January 1916 and when the Yeomanry was disbanded the following year he was transferred, together with a number of his men, to the 18th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was mentioned in Despatches in November 1917 and awarded the M.C. in March 1918. The citation reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the withdrawal of a line, when he reorganised a party of some two hundred men of all regiments in a sunken road and made a splendid resistance to the enemy’s advance, fighting his way back step by step, and helping thereby to save our guns and men from capture. Later, he led two companies in a counter-attack at a critical moment, and by his courage, leadership, and fine example delayed the advance of the enemy for twenty four hours.”

He fell mortally wounded on April 23rd 1918, in a lull between the First and Second Battles of Kemmel, during the German Flanders Offensive, and died in a Casualty Clearing Station at Haringhe the following day.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Edwards
  • Forenames or initials: John Stanley
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1906-1909
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Liverpool Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 15th June 1892
  • Date of Death: 24th April 1918
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D4
  • Decoration: MC