Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Edmund De Wind

In memory of
Second Lieutenant
Edmund De Wind
March 21, 1918

Military Service:

Service Number:
79152
Age:
34
Force:
Army
Unit:
Royal Irish Rifles
Division:
15th
Citation(s):
The London Gazette," dated May 13, 1919, records the following:
For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the 21st March, 1918, at the Race Course Redoubt, near Grugies. For seven hours he held this most important post, and though twice wounded and practically single-handed, he maintained his position until another section could be got to his help. On two occasions, with two N.C.O.'s only, he got out on top under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and cleared the enemy out of the trench, killing many. He continued to repel attack after attack until he was mortally wounded and collapsed. His valour, self-sacrifice and example were of the highest order. Victoria Cross
Honours and Awards:
Victoria Cross

Additional Information:

Son of the late Arthur Hughes De Wind, C.E., and Margaret Jane De Wind, of "Kinvara", Comber, Co. Down, Ireland. He had served in the 31st Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, and was appointed to his Commission in the Imperial Army on September 26, 1917.

Commemorated on Page 586 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Edmund De Wind is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
POZIERES MEMORIAL ; Somme, France
Grave Reference:
N/A
Location:
Pozieres is a village some 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The POZIERES MEMORIAL encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. The POZIERES MEMORIAL relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and to the succeeding period of four months during which there was built up, behind the new front, the army which on the 8 August 1918 began the Advance to Victory. The POZIERES MEMORIAL commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the Fifth Army area retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names. It should be added that the POZIERES MEMORIAL, though it stands in a Cemetery of largely Australian graves, does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Edmund De Wind – Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind had served with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada for a period of six months prior to his enlistment on November 16, 1914 in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at the start of the First World War.  He is claimed as a Victoria Cross winner of the Regiment on this basis. This photo is taken from the regimental history (1960).
  • Photo 2 of Edmund De Wind
  • Photo of Edmund de Wind – From Vol 1 of Letters From The Front By The Canadian Bank Of Commerce.
  • Attestation Paper (front) – Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind enlisted at Edmonton, Alberta, on November 16, 1914.
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Service Records – Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Military Discharge
  • Medals – Photo is of E. De Wind's VC display, in the Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Museum.
  • Cenotaph – Barrie Military Park, Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Inscription – Memorial inscription honouring 2 Lieutenant De Wind at Pozieres British Cemetery.

Photo courtesy of Craig B.Cameron

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