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Rev Edward Noel Mellish VC


Langfords was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to design and create a commemorative piece of silver to mark the bravery of Captain The Reverend Edward Noel Mellish, one of the few recipients of the Victoria Cross.

Edward Noel Mellish VC MC (24 December 1880 – 8 July 1962) was awarded of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

On the outbreak of the First World War, Captain The Reverend Edward Noel Mellish offered his services to the chaplaincy and served from May 1915 until February 1919.   He was attached to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in Ypres Salient in 1916 and it was during the first three days (27 - 29 March 1916) of the "Action of the St Eloi Craters" in Belgium that he performed the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.  He was the first member of the army chaplaincy to win the VC and he also was awarded the Military Cross in 1918.


The Victoria Cross Citation, conferred on 20 April 1916, read:
His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross on The Reverend Edward Noel Mellish
“For most conspicuous bravery.  During heavy fighting on three consecutive days, he repeatedly went backwards and forwards under continuous and heavy shell and machine-gun fire between our original trenches and those captured from the enemy, in order to tend and rescue wounded men. He brought in ten badly wounded men on the first day on ground swept by machine-gun fire and three were killed while he was dressing their wounds. The battalion to which he was attached was relieved on the second day but he went back and brought in twelve more wounded men.  On the night of the third day he took charge of a party of volunteers and once more returned to the trenches to rescue the remaining wounded.   This splendid work was quite voluntary on his part and outside the scope of ordinary duties.”