RICHARD EDWARDS

 

Born: 1910, Ipswich.

Died: 21st December 1941; age: 32; KiA near the Tai Tam crossroads.

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.

 

Grave Reference:

III.M.10.

Sai Wan War Cemetery,

Hong Kong.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Richard Edwards & of Gwladys Jane Marie Edwards; husband of Evelyn Hay.

 

CENSUS

 

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 nurse

1 house maid

1 cook

 

Richard’s mother, Gwladys Jane Marie Edwards died 1918, Ipswich.

 

Richard attend 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 16th October 1930, Queens, New York, U.S.A. Richard married Evelyn Davis.

 

Probate to Lloyds Bank Limited.

Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps

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.

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