Captain Edwin William Ede, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), was killed in action on the 30th August 1918, aged 20. He entered the army from an Officer Training College, and trained at Lichfield. He had been in France and Flanders for 18 months and had seen much service.
He was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished conduct in the field – his citation reading: For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding a company in attack. He showed great coolness and determination under very heavy fire, and got his Lewis gun into action to counter the enemy machine-guns
Following his death, his colonel, in a letter of sympathy and appreciation wrote: He fell gallantly leading his company forward in attack and was killed by a machine gun bullet at close range.
He is buried and remembered in the Guards’ Cemetery, Combles, France.
He was the only son of Cecil and Annie Ede of 94 Arngask Road, Catford. He was born in Brockley and was educated at St. Dunstan’s.
Contributed By: Kevin Loughnane
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