Queens Own Highlanders

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Regimental Association

Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC

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Sergeant Alexander Edwards, 1/6th Seaforth wins the Victoria Cross for gallantry at the battle of Ypres, 31st July - 1st August 1917.

During the advance of the 1/6th Seaforth at Ypres Sergeant Alexander Edwards, from Lossiemouth, Moray, was awarded the Victoria Cross.

His citation reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery in action north of Ypres, Belgium, on 31st July/1st August 1917, when having located a machine gun in a wood, he with great dash and courage led some men against it; killed the team, and captured the gun.  Later, when a sniper was causing casualties he crawled out to stalk him, and although badly wounded in the arm, went on and killed him.  One officer only was now left with the company and, realising that the success of the operation depended on the capture of the further objective, Sergeant Edwards, regardless of his wound, led his men on till the objective was captured.  He subsequently showed great skill in consolidating his position and very great daring in personal reconnaissance.  Although twice wounded on the following day, this very gallant Non-commissioned officer maintained throughput a complete disregard for personal safety, and his high example of coolness and determination engendered a fine fighting spirit among his men”.

(London Gazette 13/14th September 1917)