Christopher Edwards

Medals awarded

  • Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George
  • Distinguished Service Order
  • India Medal 1895-1902
    Clasp: Tirah 1887-8
    Clasp: Punjab Frontier 1887-8
  • Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902
    Clasp: Relief of Kimberley
    Clasp: Paardeberg
  • Africa General Service Medal 1902-56
    Clasp: Jidballi
    Clasp: Somaliland
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-19
  • Legion D’Honneur (France)
  • Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Christopher Vaughan Edwards was born in 1875.

He joined the regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1895, rising steadily until promoted Major in 1911.

‘Nutty’ Edwards served in the Tirah Campaign of 1897-8 and the Boer War where he was severely wounded at Paardeberg. On his recovery he took part in the Somaliland Expedition of 1904.

During the First World War, he initially served with the 1st Battalion in India, then with the 2nd Battalion from October 1916.

He was present at the fighting at Arras in April 1917. In the German advance in March 1918 he was wounded whilst in command of 2nd Battalion. After recovery was appointed to the command of 64th Infantry Brigade in June, and took part in all of the fighting on the Western Front until the end of the war

He was Mentioned in Despatches four times and was awarded the D.S.O. for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in going forward under shell and rifle fire and making a daring reconnaissance in order to clear up an obscure situation’.

After the war Edwards was Provost Marshal and Commandant Military Police, 1924-28 before becoming Officer in Charge of Records, York.

Brigadier Edwards died in 1955, aged 80. His obituary in the regimental Gazette records, “He loved the Regiment and nothing in it was good enough for him unless it was the best. He set a tremendously high standard for himself and for every officer and man in his Battalion and he was very rarely let down.”