Frederick William Hedges

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Frederick William Hedges
Frederick William Hedges VC.jpg
Born 6 June 1896
Umballa, British India
Died 29 May 1954
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914 – 1920
Rank Captain
Unit London Regiment
The Bedfordshire Regiment
The Northamptonshire Regiment(attached)
Home Guard
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Frederick William Hedges VC (6 June 1896 – 29 May 1954) was a British recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British andCommonwealth forces.

Early life[edit]

Frederick Hedges was born on 6 June 1896 at Umballa in India, the seventh of nine children. He was later educated at Grove Road Boy’s School, and Isleworth County School.[1]

Frederick married his wife Mollie in Hounslow, Middlesex in 1919 and they had one son, John Grosvenor Hedges born in 1924.[2]


Hedges was 22 years old, and a temporary lieutenant in The Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army, attached to the 6th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment during the First World War at the Pursuit to the Sellewhen the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

The citation for the medal reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the operations north-east of Bousies on the 24th October, 1918.

He led his company with great skill towards the final objective, maintaining direction under the most difficult conditions. When the advance was held up by machine-gun posts, accompanied by one Serjeant and followed at some considerable distance by a Lewis-gun section, he again advanced and displayed the greatest determination, capturing six machine guns and 14 prisoners. His gallantry and initiative enabled the whole line to advance, and tended largely to the success of subsequent operations.”[3]


Hedges suffered from depression after the death of his son in a drowning accident and committed suicide.[2]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment gallery located in Wardown Park Museum, Luton, Bedfordshire.

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