Deeds of Gallantry

Old Edwardians were awarded a grand total of 194 medals, honours and awards for their service in the Great War. These include 100 Military Crosses, of which eight OEs were awarded it twice. 16 OEs won the equivalent of the Croix de Guerre from the French, Belgian, Italian or Greek governments. Three OEs won the prestigious Légion d’Honneur from the French government. More exotically, one OE had the distinction of being awarded the Egyptian Order of the Nile; another was made an Officer of the Crown of Rumania and two were appointed to the Serbian Order of St Sava.

A further 153 OEs were Mentioned in Dispatches. A soldier mentioned in dispatches is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which is described the soldier's gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy. The dispatch was then published in the London Gazette.

What follows are 75 accounts describing how Old Edwardians acted courageously ‘in the face of the enemy’. The large majority reslted in the award of the Military Cross.