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2nd Lieutenant Cyril Edwards recovering from his wounds at Ilfracombe, in 1918

Photograph, World War One (1914-1918), 1918.

Cyril Edwards (1893-1978) a member of the 2/7th Battalion The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) was wounded in action in July 1917 when he stood on a hand grenade to save the life of his NCO.

Edwards' foot was blown off, but he became the first officer to receive and survive a blood transfusion at a front line hospital. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his bravery.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2000-05-126-62


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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