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T. Lieut Victor Laurence Edwards, RNVR


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This man is named in the IWM's Lives of the First World War where it states that he had been acting vice-consul in Rostov-on-Don before the war, was commissioned in RNVR in 1916 and volunteered for service with the RNAS Armoured Car Division in Russia.

He died there in 1917 aged 37 and CWGC have a record of his burial in Ukraine, listing his 'ship' as HMS President II.

Can anyone find his name on any war memorial in UK please?

 

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1 hour ago, daggers said:

Can anyone find his name on any war memorial in UK please?

He is remembered by Wimbledon College: see Boys of the College killed in the First World War here https://www.wimbledoncollege.org.uk/page/?title=Roll+of+Honour+(WWI+%26amp%3B+WWII)%26%23160%3B&pid=190

 

[note that the CWGC certificate linked to, gives his middle name with a 'w' (not a 'u')]

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Thank you for the link.  Google had led me to a page showing only the CWGC  piece, but your deeper probe confirms his status as an old boy of Wimbledon College.

Do you know if all RNVR casualties are on an official memorial?

The spelling of his second name varies according to source!

Thanks again for your interest.

Daggers

 

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No separate RNVR memorial to the best of my knowledge.

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57 minutes ago, michaeldr said:

I expect that these are for the same man; the armoured cars were originally part of the RNAS

For some reason I hadn't realised that - useful to know! Thanks.

sJ

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Does anyone have any further information on Victor Edwards as I'm trying to find out more for my Nan (she's 92 hence the urgency, and Victor was her uncle) You might also be interested to know his brothers were Cdr Patrick Harrington Edwards DSO and Trevor Louis Edwards. 

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

I started this thread after discovering that V.L. Edwards married a distant cousin and I was curious to find more about his service.  He was born about 1880 and was at Wimbledon College with a brother Sydney from 1892 when it opened.  In 1912 he was married in Russia, occupation ship broker.

So far I have limited details of his service in the RNVR/RNAS, but he died in Ukraine in 1917 and was buried there.  The War Graves Commission record his burial at a Roman Catholic cemetery and I found this from their site:


'In memory of Lieutenant Victor Lawrence Edwards, RNVR, British Naval Armoured Division.  A good soldier and a gallant comrade who died aged 37 years from exposure during the retreat on August 21st 1917 at Proskurov [?].
This stone is raised by his brother officers.  Fear God and fear naught.'

 

There is a probate record for him.

Apart from the reference to his brother Sydney, which came from the school, I have not explored any of his family details.

I hope this helps.

Daggers

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Keith_history_buff

I have come across some of the RNAS Armoured Cars officers having a basic service record set up by the RAF administration in AIR 76, so a search of that dataset would be worth considering.

His brother Patrick, who was at Zeebrugge, has such a record in AIR 76. Prior to the raid, he was given the "sedentary" position at an RNAS air base, to assist his recovery from wounds.The service record did not state much, but the monthly Navy Lists recorded that he was at RNAS Kingsnorth Airship Station up to December 1917. 

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The service record reference is AIR 76/148/7 His name is spelled as Edwards, Victor Lawrence

 

This can either be purchased via The National Archives, or via FindMyPast.

 

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8 minutes ago, Keith_history_buff said:

This can either be purchased via The National Archives, or via FindMyPast.

Not worth the effort. In their attempt to sweep up every possible naval officer into the maw of the RAF, they have granted this officer the rank of Captain RAF with seniority of 1 April 1918, he having died the previous year. There is nothing in these AIR 76 records of any value.

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Hey! I'm Andrey, from Khmelnitsky, Ukraine.
Today my family and I were visiting a memorial of a WW2 near my home. We were walking through the old catholic cementary and we found a grave of Victor Laurence Edwards. It's really rare to find a grave like this because there are mostly polish and ukrainian graves around.

I've made a photo and uploaded it here https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125402495/victor-lawrence-edwards

 

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Thank you! So good to see he is remembered with flowers :poppy:

seaJane

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Maggie Edwards
On 09/04/2019 at 19:34, Keith_history_buff said:

I have come across some of the RNAS Armoured Cars officers having a basic service record set up by the RAF administration in AIR 76, so a search of that dataset would be worth considering.

His brother Patrick, who was at Zeebrugge, has such a record in AIR 76. Prior to the raid, he was given the "sedentary" position at an RNAS air base, to assist his recovery from wounds.The service record did not state much, but the monthly Navy Lists recorded that he was at RNAS Kingsnorth Airship Station up to December 1917. 

 

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Maggie Edwards

Hi, with huge interest l read about my grandfather Victor Edwards, l stirred things up a bit to get his grave respectfully restored a couple of years back...( which it is now)... in the interim l managed to get a kind local lady to put some wooden tulips on his grave ( the other half of the same bunch l put on his son's grave in England) . I never saw a picture of them, so it did please me. Victor left a widow Margery and a son Patrick of three years old when he died (my father) . He was a relative of George Edwardes of gaiety fame and Peter Ustinov . His widow never remarried, his name was on the war memorial at Golders Green. He was a massive loss to our family and will never be forgotten .

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