Awards & Titles:

Distinguished Service Order
East & West Africa Medal 1 Clasp
Queen's South Africa Medal 7 Clasps
1914 (Mons) Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Early Life :

Born 2 June, 1874, son of Lieutenant Colonel Edward J de Salis, Naval Ordnance Department. Appears on "The Plantagenet Roll." Major de Salis married, in 1902, Emily Ethel, eldest daughter of Colonel A D Geddes, 27th Regiment (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers).

Service Life:


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Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

Source: DSO recipients The VC and DSO Volume II
DE SALIS, EDWARD AUGUSTUS ALFRED, Lieutenant, was born 2 June, 1874, son of Lieutenant Colonel Edward J de Salis, Naval Ordnance Department. He served in West Africa, 1897-98, in the Northern Territories, Gold Coast (Medal with clasp), and was gazetted to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 18 January 1899, as Second Lieutenant, from the Militia, becoming Lieutenant on 24 October of the same year. He served in the South African War, 1899-1901; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; in the Transvaal in June, 1900; in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July 1900; in Orange River Colony, June 1900; again during the operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to March, 1901; also in Cape Colony, March to April 1901 (Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; Queen's Medal with seven clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Edward Augustus Alfred de Salis, Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was promoted to Captain, Worcestershire Regiment, 2 August 1902; was Adjutant, King's Own Malta Regiment of Militia, 24 September 1907 to 23 September 1912.

He served in the European War, 1914-18; as Staff Captain, GHQ, BEF, 26 May 1915 to 11 November 1915; promoted to Major 13 June, 1915; was Staff Captain, GHQ, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 20 November 1915 to 23 January 1916; as acting Lieutenant Colonel, commanding the 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment 59 January 1910 to 5 April 1916; as acting Lieutenant Colonel, commanding a battalion of the Machine Gun Corps 1 February 1917.

London Gazette January 17, 1899 - Pg 300: Captain Edward Augustus Alfred de Salis, from 7th Battalion the Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own), to be Second Lieutenant, vice J. W. H. Seppings, promoted. Dated 18th January, 1899.

His long and distinguished life and career is shown at an end by Probate: de SALIS Edward Augustus Alfred D.S.O. of Magdalen-road St. Leonards-on-Sea died 16 December 1943 Administration (with Will) Llandudno 12 February to Adeline Augusta de Salis spinster. Effects £2002 11s 3d.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St. John & St. Paul No. 349 E.C.Malta
Joined : Maguncor No. 3806 E.C. London
Joined : Border No. 3129 E.C. Wiltshire
Joined : Shorncliffe No. 4330 E.C. East Kent

6th January 1912
3rd February 1912
3rd March 1912

Edward was initiated into Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349 in Malta in the pre-war period, 1912. He was 37 at the time and stationed as a Captain on the island. He further joined Border Lodge No. 3129 at Ludgershall 20th November 1913, Maguncor Lodge No. 3806, 5th September 1917 and Thorncliffe Lodge No. 4330 10th November 1921. As a war survivor, his membership continued beyond 1921.

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