Edmund De Wind VC, Exhibition in Comber Library.

On Thursday 1 March 2018 at Comber Library, North Down Museum will launch an exhibition looking at the life and tragic death of Comber’s only Victoria Cross winner, Edmund De Wind. Edmund De Wind was born in Comber on 11 December 1883. 
He was educated at Campbell College and later emigrated to Canada after working in the Bank of Ireland in Cavan. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in France with the Machine Gun Section; however later he obtained a commission with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. 
Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind was killed in action on 21 March 1918, aged 34 years, at Grugies St Quentin, defending the Race Course Redoubt for seven hours almost single-handed until he was fatally wounded. He was awarded the VC for his valour and self-sacrifice.
This exhibition highlights the life of a local hero.  It charts his life both here in Comber and Canada before that fateful day on the first day of the German Spring Offensive in 1918.
This exhibition is part of the larger commemoration event taking place on 21 March, the 100th Anniversary of De Wind’s death, when a new plinth will be unveiled in Comber Square which will create a fitting tribute to this local hero. The plinth was bought by The Edmund De Wind VC 100 Committee through a programme of fundraising events in 2017.
The exhibition will run in Comber Library until the end of March and will then travel to other libraries around the borough.
Comber Library opening times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 1pm-8pm, Thursday 10am-2pm and Saturday 10am-1pm, closed Sundays.