KING EDWARD VIII. (1936)
King Edward the VIII held only one
Investiture of the Victoria Cross. This medal was presented, posthumously,
to the widow of Captain Godfrey Meynell, of the Corps of Guides,
12th Frontier Force Regiment of The Indian Army.
Captain Godfrey MEYNELL
Captain. Corps of Guides, 12th Frontier
Force Regiment, Indian Army.
Victoria Cross London Gazetted on 24th December 1935.
Born on 30th May 1904 at Meynell Langley, Derbyshire.
Killed in action on the 29th September, 1935 at Mohmand, North
West Frontier, India.
Memorial on grave at the Guides Cemetery, Mardan, India. Also
in Kirk Langley Church and the Sanctum Crypt in St Luke's Church,
Digest of Citation reads:
In the final phase of an attack on 29th September, 1935 on the
North West Frontier, India, Captain Meynell, seeking information
regarding the forward troops, found them engaged against an enemy
vastly superior in numbers. Taking immediate command, Captain
Meynell, with two Lewis guns and about 30 men maintained a heavy
and accurate fire on the advancing enemy.The enemy's overwhelming
numbers nevertheless succeeded in reaching the position and putting
the Lewis gun out of action. In the hand to hand battle which
foillowed, Captain Meynell was mortally wounded. However, the
heavy casualties inflicted on the enemy prevented them from exploiting
Godfrey Meynell was the son of Brigadier General Godfrey
He was educated at Noris Hill School and Eton.
He joined the Army and went to the Officer Corps Traing Unit,
After passing out, he joined the King's Shropshire Regiment in
He was an excellent linguist, especially in the Indian
Language, becoming an interpreter.
He transferred to the Corps of Guides in 1926.
In 1930 whilst serving, at that time, with the Tochi Scouts he
was wounded in the back whilst trying to save his troops from
He served with the South Waziristan Scouts for a time.
He rejoined the Corps of Guides in 1931 as its Adjutant...