Image courtesy of Mr Doug Clark
Born: 21st December 1909, 5, Queen Street, Ipswich.
Died: 21st December 1941; age: 32; KiA near the Tai Tam crossroads.
Lt Edwards No 1 Coy HKVDC led a party up the Island Road, now called Tai Tam Road, along with motorcycles with sidecars, armed with Vickers machine guns. The objective was to take control of the Tai Tam crossroads. Coming under heavy fire from the Japanese held villa called Brinville in the Red Hill area. The column was checked and faltered, then retreated taking casualties including Lt. Edwards.
Residence: Colonial Secretariat, Hong Kong.
Occupation: Chief Assistant to the Secretary for Chinese Affairs.
He was one of ten Cadets who joined the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. As Acting Second Lieutenant in No. 1 Company he was in command of the Carrier No. 3 Platoon.
Next of Kin: father – Richard Edwards (formerly of Edgbaston) of Rising Sun Hotel, Cleeve Hill, Gloucester.
Rank: Second Lieutenant.
Regiment: Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Richard Edwards & of Gwladys Jane Marie Edwards; husband of Eveline Hay.
1911 5, Bank House, Queen Street, Ipswich.
Richard was a year old and living with his parents & sister.
Richard Edwards, 33, a Secretary – Insurance Company, born Litherland, Lancashire.
Gwladys Jane Marie Edwards (nee Thomas), 32, born 9, Alpha Street, Peckham Rye, Camberwell, Surrey.
Joan Edwards, 5, born Finchley, Middlesex.
1 house maid
Richard’s mother, Gwladys Jane Marie Edwards died 1918, Ipswich.
Richard was educated at Ipswich School and Oxford University – where he graduated Master of Arts.
He was appointed a Cadet on the 21st July 1933.
Appointed Police Magistrate in 1936.
Appointed to be the First Police Magistrate in 1939
On the 24th September 1937, Singapore, Richard married Eveline Hay Davis, of ‘Ty Dewi’ 216, Hungjao Road, Sanghai.
They had 2 children.
Engagement and Wedding newspaper notices :
The engagement is announced of Eveline Hay Davies, only daughter of Mr & Mrs Eric Davies of ‘Ty Dewi’ 216, Hungjao Road and Richard Edwards, Hongkong cadet service, son of Mr Richard Edwards, of 7 Priory Road Edgbaston, Birmingham, England and the late Mrs Edwards.
News was received in Shanghai on Sept.24 of the wedding in Singapore of Miss Eve Davies. only daughter of Mr & Mrs Eric Davies, of Shanghai an Richard Edwards of Hongkong Government Service. The wedding was to have taken place in Shanghai, but owing to the local situation it was held in Singapore, Mrs Davies being present at the ceremony.
Probate to Lloyds Bank Limited.
The volunteers, renamed the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps, met their severest test in the bitter fighting that took place in the crucial weeks before the fall of Hong Kong on Christmas Day. Out of the mobilised strength of 2,200 of all ranks, 289 were listed either as missing or killed, and many others became prisoners of war. Some, however, made their way into China where the British Army Aid Group was formed to assist the Chinese Government in the struggle against the Japanese. A further group made its way to Burma where it joined the famed Chindits under General Orde Wingate. The services of the defence corps were later recognised by the award of 19 decorations and 18 mentions in despatches for gallantry and good service.