Edward Dwyer

Edward Dwyer

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Corporal Edward Dwyer VC (25 November 1895 – 3 September 1916) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Dwyer was born in Fulham, London, on 25 November 1895.

He was 19 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, British Army during World War I, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 20 April 1915 at Hill 60, Belgium.



Dwyer was also awarded the Cross of St. George by Russia. He later achieved the rank of corporal. He was killed in action at Guillemont, France on 3 September 1916. His grave is located at Flatiron Copse Military Cemetery, France which is 4 miles east of Albert (Plot III, Row J, Grave 3).

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (Queens and Royal Hampshires) Museum located in Dover Castle, Kent.

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In 1916, Dwyer made an audio recording in which he recalled taking part in the Retreat from Mons in the early days of the war. The monologue describes life at the front and includes a sample of one of the songs sung by soldiers at the time. Part of the recording was used in the 2003 documentary The First World War. Two of his interviews (each lasting about 3 minutes) made for the British enlistment services are available on the archive audio collection Oh! It's a Lovely War, which along with the Dwyer interviews includes...
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