William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards VC

Name: William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards

Conflict: Egypt

Gazetted: February 13, 1883

Service: Army

William Mordaunt Marsh Edwards VC

Medal group

Place/date of birth: Hardingham, Norfolk/May 7, 1855

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (Major)

Date of bravery: September 13, 1882

London Gazette citation:

Lieutenant William Mordaunt Marsh, 2nd Battalion the Highland Light Infantry

For conspicuous bravery displayed by him during the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, on the 13th September, 1882, in leading a party of the Highland Light Infantry to storm a redoubt. Lieutenant Edwards (who was in advance of his party) with great gallantry rushed alone into the battery, killed the Artillery Officer in charge, and was himself knocked down by a gunner with a rammer, and only rescued by the timely arrival of three men of his Regiment.

Click here to see full Gazette entry.

Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Hardingham, Norfolk/September 17, 1912

Grave/memorials: Headstone, memorial and window at St George’s Church, Hardingham, Norfolk; Eton College VC and GC Memorial

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2022

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum