CEF Soldier Detail

Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind
Died: March 21, 1918

Regimental Number:
79152
Survived War:
No
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
British Infantry
Battalion:
15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Company:
Place of Birth:
Comber, Down
Country:
Ireland
Next of Kin:
Son of the late Arthur Hughes De Wind C.E. and Margaret Jane De Wind of "Kinvara", Comber, Down.
Address at Enlistment:
Edmonton, Alberta
Date of Birth:
December 11, 1883
Trade or Calling:
Bank Official
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
November 16, 1914
Age at enlistment:
31
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
37 Inches
Expansion:
3 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Racecourse Redoubt near Groagie, France
Date of Death:
March 21, 1918
Age at Death:
34
Buried at:
Pozieres Memorial, France
Plot:
Panel 74 to 76
Commemorated:
Comber Parish Church, All Saints Cathedral memorial in Edmonton, Alberta. In addition, a mountain in Jasper Park is named after him.
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1Box 2496 - 3
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Second Lieutenant British Infantry 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Private Canadian Infantry 31st Battalion C
Images
Lieutinent Edmund De Wind, VC, MID

Edmund De Wind was born in Ireland in 1883 and entered the service of The Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1911. Enlisting in 1914 from the Edmonton branch, he served in the 31st Canadian Battalion. He fought in the battles of St. Eloi, Ypres, and the Somme. From September 1915 until April 1917, he fought with the Machine Gun section of that battalion in the battles of St. Eloi, Ypres, and the Somme. In September 1917, he qualified for a commission and was transferred to the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles with the rank of Second Lieutenant. De Wind was killed in action at St-Quentin on March 21, 1918. Edmund De Wind was posthumously awarded the highest honour for a soldier, the Victoria Cross. Father was a well known engineer in Belfast.

From Letters from the Front, Imperial Bank of Canada.

Born 11th December, 1883, at Comber, County Down, Ireland. Father, Arthur H. De Wind, Civil Engineer (deceased). Educated at Campbell College, Belfast. Entered the service of the Bank, 13th November, 1911. Enlisted, August, 1914, from Edmonton branch, in 31st Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, April, 1917. Promoted Second Lieutenant, April, 1917. Service : With the Machine Gun Section of the 31st Canadian Battalion in France from September, 1915, to April, 1917, when he returned to England on receiving a Commission. Returned to France in December, 1917.

Killed in Action at St. Quentin, 21st March, 1918.

Note:

In the war diary he is listed as part of the machine gun section of C company and he was admitted to the field ambulance on 16th September 1916 just after the 31st were involved in the advance from Pozieres to Courcelette during the Somme offensive.

NOTE : St. Quentin was the scene of the fiercest fighting of the Great German Drive on the 21st March, 1918. Mr. De Wind's Company was in the front line at that time and the Officer Com- manding his Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Cole-Hamilton (who himself was taken prisoner the same day), pays tribute to his "great courage and magnificent fighting at the head of his platoon."
We are informed that the British Government has presented a captured German gun to the village of Comber (his birthplace) as a memento of his heroism.

Mount de Wind, named for Lt. De Wind, is 2438m (8000ft.) tall, located at the head of the Little Berland River, 1.5 km west of Mount Hunter. Willmore Park, Alberta. Major headwater Athabasca River.
Latitude 53; 34; 25 Longitude 118; 27; 20, Topo map 83E/09

Sometimes listed as deWind 

Awards and Decorations
Victoria Cross
TypeDateDescription
Letter 11/1/1915 From the Front, with the 31st Battalion