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Extract from local newspapers - Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 September 1918

Commanding Officer Dies of Wounds.

We deeply regret to report the death of Lieut.- Col. Edward T. Saint, D.S.0., of 6, St. Barnabas’-road, Cambridge, Commanding Officer, the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who died August 29th of wounds received in action the previous day. With the news of his having been wounded came word of the death of Lieut. H. F. Driver, M.C., of the same battalion, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Driver, of Hills-road, Cambridge. Other officers were wounded.

The information is partly contained in a letter received in the town from the chaplain to the battalion, who writes that Lieut. Driver, M.C., signalling officer to Cambs. Battalion, Cambs. Regiment, was in a dug-out at Battalion Headquarters with Lieut.-Col. E. T. Saint. D.S.O., the Adjutant, Capt. E. Walker, M.C., and another signalling officer, about 9 p.m. on August 28th. A shell burst, killing Lieut. Driver instantly. Lieut.- Col. Saint was very severely wounded, and it was stated that his left arm would have to be amputated at the shoulder. Capt. Walker escaped miraculously with flesh wounds. Lieut.-Col. Saint’s wife also received a letter from the Chaplain, who stated that it was hoped he would recover from his wounds. On Monday night, however, she received a telegram from the War Office stating that her husband died of wounds on August 29th.


Lieut.-Col. Edward T. Saint, D.S.O., was the eldest son of Mr. Wm. Saint, builder and contractor, St. Barnabas’-road. He was educated at the Perse School and Ivel Bury School, Biggleswade. After leaving school he entered his father’s business, and in 1907 commenced on his own account, in Newmarket-road as an automobile engineer. In 1910 a company was formed, and the motor business in Regent-street taken over, and the two businesses were successfully carried on. At the outbreak of the war Col. Saint was managing director of the Regent-street business. He was 33 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a widow and two children.

Col Saint joined the 3rd (Cambs.) V.B. the Suffolk Regiment (afterwards the 1st Battalion Cambs. Regiment) about the time of the Boer War, being a member of “C” Company, under the command of Major Oliver Papworth. He volunteered for service in the Boer War, but being under age, was not taken. In January, 1906, he obtained his commission as a lieutenant. He was one of the finest shots in the Eastern Counties, and won many prizes in the Inter-County Meeting, besides shooting for his corps at various other matches.

When the present war broke out Col. Saint held the rank of captain, and was in camp at Tring. His battalion was at once mobilised, and he volunteered for special duty. In February. 1915, with the rank of major, he went out to France with his battalion. He was gazetted lieutenant colonel in January, 1916, and returned home to take over command of the 4th Battalion, Cambs Regiment. In September of the same year he went out France, and was appointed the command of a temporary Regular Army unit, from which he subsequently retired at his own wish. He went back to his own regiment in France as second in command, with the rank of major. Last December he was made Commanding Officer. In March of this year he was awarded the D.S.O. for conspicuous gallantry in the field, when for a short time he acted as brigadier. He was mentioned in dispatches twice for foreign service and once for home service. He was member of Cambs. and Isle of Ely Territorial Force Association.

When a member of the Volunteers, Col. Saint was in his work, and was most popular, but his keenness did not show itself in so marked a manner as it did after the outbreak of the war, when he displayed remarkable enthusiasm, and his sterling qualities, both as a leader and as a man, made him admired and loved. He was a well-known cricket and football player, being chiefly connected with the C.E.Y.M.S. Clubs, He was a Conservative in politics. His brother-in-law, Lieut. Muirhead, was, it will be remembered, killed about months ago, and his cousin. Sec.-Lieut. E. D. Twelve trees, fell in action early in August.


Lieut. H F. Driver. M.C., was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Driver, of 82. Hills-road. He was articled to Messrs. Barly, Grundy, and Barrett, Ltd., and was serving with them when in January, 1916, he obtained a commission. He served under Col. Copeman in the 1st Cambs. Regiment on coast duty, and went to the front last Christmas Eve. In the following March he obtained the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery. He was home on leave for a fortnight only a few days before his death. He was a very popular officer, and beloved by all.


Capt. Edmund Walker. M.C.., who has been slightly wounded, is the son of Mr. Walker, Headmaster of the Friends’ Grammar School, Saffron Walden. He received scratches on the leg and hand, but the injuries were not sufficiently bad to necessitate his removal to hospital.


Information has been received that Lieut. Sidney Taylor, Cambs. Regiment, of Woodditton., was severely wounded on August 28th. His injuries consist of gunshot wounds in the left arm and leg, and a fractured femur. He is now lying in hospital at Rouen. Lieut. Taylor is a son of Mr. Sidney Taylor, of Dullingham, and a brother of Messrs. W. J. and J. G. Taylor, solicitors, Cambridge. He was formerly a farmer at Woodditton. He enlisted in September, 1914, in the Suffolk Yeomanry, with which he served in Gallipoli. He obtained a commission in the Cambis. Regimennt about 18 months ago, and has been in France about six months.

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