2nd Lt Edmund de Wind - plinth

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Reference WMO/258718

Address:

Comber Square

Comber, Down

Northern Ireland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Black marble plinth with gold writing on three sides and on top, a representation of the Victoria Cross. This memorial replaced a captured German gun which was taken for scrap during WW2.
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FIRST FACE: EDMUND DE WIND VC 1883-1918/BORN IN COMBER. KILLED IN ACTION 21 MARCH 1918 AT RACE COURSE REDOUBT, GRUGIES, FRANCE.. ALTHOUGH TWICE WOUNDED AND PRACTICALLY SINGLE-HANDED, EDMUND DEFENDED THIS IMPORTANT POSITION FOR SEVEN HOURS UNTIL HELP ARRIVED. FOR THIS ACTION HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS. SECOND FACE: A CAPTURED GERMAN FIELD GUN WAS PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COMBER IN RECOGNITION OF THE HEROISM OF EDMUND DE WIND. THIS SAT IN COMBER SQUARE FROM 1939 UNTIL 1940 WHEN IT WAS REMOVED IN RESPONSE TO THE WAR EFFORT. THIRD FACE: THIS MAPLE LEAF REPRESENTS EDMUND DE WIND'S LINKS WITH CANADA AND HIS SERVICE WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES 1914-17. MOUNT DE WIND, ALBERTA, CANADA IS NAMED IN HIS HONOUR

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