Edmund DeWind

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Reference #251787

Address:

St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast

Belfast

BT12 2HB

Northern Ireland

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Chapel/church
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The name is engraved on the base of a column on the left of the south door (main door into the building)
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Fourth column from the left reads Edmund De WIND V.C. Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles. Fell fighting at St Quentin 21st March 1918. Born 11th December 1883 at Comber, Ireland and was killed on the 21st March 1918 at Thiepval, France. Son of Arthur Hughes De Wind, C.E., and Margaret Jane De Wind. He was educated at Campbell College and then went to work for the Bank of Ireland, Clones branch. He lived in Canada in 1914 and working for the CIBC when World War I broke out. He served with The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada for a period of six months prior to his enlistment as a private on November 16, 1914 in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He arrived in France with 2nd Division of C.E.F. in September 1915. He saw action in the Battle of the Somme (1916) and at Vimy Ridge (1917). He earned a commission in September 1917 in the British Army. V.C. Citation 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. https://www.royal-irish.com/persons/edmund-de-wind-vc

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