Belfast Telegraph

Comber to commemorate VC-winning son De Wind

By Rebecca Black

Comber is to honour one of its most distinguished sons 100 years on from his death.

War hero Edmund De Wind is the only winner of the Victoria Cross to hail from the Co Down town.

He was born in 1883 and emigrating to Canada, where he joined its Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of the First World War.

After obtaining a commission with the 15th Royal Irish Rifles, he fought throughout the war, before being killed in action on March 21, 1918 aged 34 near Grugies in northern France. He was defending Racecourse Redoubt for seven hours until he was fatally wounded.

A commemoration event will take place on March 21, during which a new plinth will be unveiled in Comber Square in tribute to the local hero.

The North Down Museum will also launch an exhibition in Comber Library on March 1 looking at his life and death.

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