Brigadier Edgar Julius Medley DSO, OBE, MC

Born1893 7 Crick Road, Oxford
Died1972 Shaftesbury, Dorset
FatherDudley Julius Medley (1861 – 1953)
MotherIsabel Alice Gibbs (1862 – 1942)

Life Events

1929Married Norah Templer in Pilton, nr. Barnstaple
1942Death of mother Isabel Alice Gibbs
1953Death of father Dudley Julius Medley

Biography and Notes

2nd son. Baptised 18 January 1894 at St. Giles, Oxford. Educated at Sedbergh school 1907-12 and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1912-14. Cremated at Salisbury.

2nd Lieut. Royal Field Artillery July 1914. In the Great War Lieut. June 1915, Adjutant November 1915-November 1916. Acting Captain November 1916-November 1917 Captain November 1917. Acting Major November 1907-March 1919. Brevet
Major 1 July, 1931. Served in France September 1914-March 1915, June 1916-January 1918; May-September 1918; in Belgium March 1915-June 1916, January-May and September-Dec. 1918; in Germany December 1918-March 1919. Military Cross January 1917. Despatches twice (1916 and 1919). "Croix de Guerre avec palme" December 1918. 1914 Star. British War medal. Allies (Victory) Medal. After the war India 1919-26. At Staff College Camberley January 1927; passed January 1929. General Staff Officer (R.A.) 3rd grade, in the Aldershot Command October 1929-31; the same in the War Office from Oct. 1931. R.A.F. Staff College Andover 1934. G.S.O. 2 Malaya 1936-38. Awarded OBE 1938. Commanded 19th S.L. Militia Depot June-October 1939. Commanded 53rd Anti-Tank Regt. R.A. (Worcestershire Yeomanry) November 1939 to June 1940. In France Jan.-June 1940 when evacuated from Dunkirk. DSO 1940. Brigadier and Commander Corps Medium Artillery July 1940. Commander Corps R.A. Feb. 1941. Went to Middle East June 1941. Brigadier R.A. September 1941. Invalided to U.K. G.S.O. 1 Senior Officers' School 1942. Assistant Commandant Staff College 1943-44. Deputy Military Secretary, War Office 1944-46. Retired December 1946.

Lived at Holt, Trowbridge, Wiltshire 1946 to 1968 then at Thanes House, Shaftesbury, until his death.

1 son, George Julius Medley, OBE, Director of the World Wild Life Fund for Nature (WWF-UK) 1978-1993, m. Vera Frances Brand and has issue.