Personal info

  • Name: Edward WARNER
  • D.O.B: 18th November, 1883
  • D.O.A: 1st May, 1915
  • D.O.D: 2nd May, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment, 15th Brigade, 5th Division

East of Hill 60, Zwarteleen, Belgium 1 May 1915

1 May 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The British had captured Hill 60 (see above 20-21 April 1915), overlooking the railway line between Ypres and Commines, on 17 April 1915 and held off fierce counter-attacks in the following days. At 7.15pm on 1 May the Germans launched a gas attack on the hill. 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment defended the position supported by 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment and 1st Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment. The hill was eventually recaptured by the Germans on 5 May 1915.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery near “Hill 60” on 1st May, 1915. After Trench 46 had been vacated by our troops, consequent on a gas attack, Private Warner entered it single-handed in order to prevent the enemy taking possession. Reinforcements were sent to Private Warner, but could not reach him owing to the gas. He then came back and brought up more men, by which time he was completely exhausted, but the trench was held until the enemy’s attack ceased. This very gallant soldier died shortly afterwards from the effects of gas poisoning. 

The London Gazette of 29 June 1915, Numb. 29210, p. 6270

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