Edwards R – 1944

BB Gazette Vol.53 No.1 – The Boys’ Brigade Cross for Heroism has been awarded to Corporal Ronald Edwards, aged 15 of the 6th Romford Company, for his gallantry in attempting to save a Boy from drowning at Hall’s Gravel Pits, Romford, on May 29th, 1944.

Edwards was walking beside the-pits, in which there are large stretches of deep water, used for fishing but reputed to be dangerous for bathing, when he was told that a Boy swimming there had disappeared. Although he had not seen the Boy, Edwards quickly undressed and dived repeatedly near the spot indicated until eventually he found him and brought him up to the surface. On reaching the bank he sent other Boys for an ambulance, while he promptly did everything he could by himself to revive the patient by artificial respiration.

By the time that the ambulance arrived, however, it was evident that the Boy was dead. Edwards was commended at the inquest for ” most exemplary conduct deserving of the highest praise.”

Boys Brigade Cross for Heroism


Share This

This account has been complied using records held in The Boys’ Brigade Archive Collection, local and national newspaper archives and other sources. If there are any omissions or errors we sincerely apologise, and request that you come forward with this information, so that this can be corrected.


Heritage -
Newsletter of The Boys' Brigade Archive

Heritage is the newsletter of The Boys’ Brigade Archives. Volumns 1 and 2 were published in print form by the BB Archive Members Association. Volumn 3 onwards is a digital newsletter sent to supporters of the BB Archives monthly.


The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust relies on supporters to further the preservation and promotion of the Heritage of The Boys’ Brigade, ensuring that is is accessible and relevant to future generations of young people. If you are able to support our work though a financial donation, by the donation of artifacts, photographs and paperwork of by volunteering please click on the links below. If you wish receive our monthly newsletter please sign up. We look forward to hearing from you and advancing the work of The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust.

Whats' new

Our volunteer researchers are constantly developing content for The Boys’ Brigade Virtual Museum.

Links to our brand new content can be found below.