Edward Twelftree Saint
Edward Twelftree Saint

Edward Twelftree Saint (1884‒1918) served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. He was wounded on 28 August 1918 and died a day later—only three months before the end of the First World War. He is buried in Plot VII. A. 43 in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He is commemorated on the war memorial at the Perse School, Cambridge together with his younger brother, William Douglas Saint.

Edward was born on 8 November 1884 in Cambridge. He was the second of the eleven children of William Saint and Matilda Jane Saint (née Freemantle). Edward was a pupil at The Perse School, Cambridge, where he was admitted in the summer term of 1892. Edward, together with his brother, George, followed their father into the builder’s trade, although Edward later became a motor car agent. Edward married Ida Elsie Muirhead in 1909 in Cambridge. She was known as Elsie. They had two children: Joan Marjorie Twelftree Saint (1910–1994); and Hugh Edward Twelftree Saint (1912–2003). The family lived at 6 St Barnabas Road, Cambridge. Edward joined the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment. During the War, Edward was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. He was also mentioned three times in despatches: for commanding ‘B’ Company in St Eloi, Belgium on 15 March 1915; for home service on 1 January 1916; and for service during the German Spring Offensive between 21 March and 29 March 1918.

Edward Twelftree Saint
Edward Twelftree Saint

He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO), which was detailed in the London Gazette of 16 September 1918:

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty covering a period of ten days’ operations, during the first seven of which he showed marked initiative in organising lines of defence, especially in front of a town, where he held up the enemy advance, enabling the guns to be withdrawn. When the officer commanding another battalion became a casualty, he assumed command of both battalions. Later, when the officer commanding brigade became a casualty, he took command of the brigade, organising a counter-attack at a critical time, and re-occupying the line. He kept the men splendidly together when nearly all the officers and non-commissioned officers had become casualties.”

Edward was wounded on 28 August and died a day later on 29 August 1918. He is buried in Plot VII. A. 43 in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France. (See his obituary, with further details of the circumstances of his death.)

Saint grave
Saint monument




Lat Lon : 52.202093, 0.13708071 – click here for location

Parish: St Paul

See family grave page for more information





Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
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London Gazette, 1 January 1916
London Gazette, 30 December 1918
For King and Country: Officers on the Roll of Honour, Illustrated London News, 28 September 1918
The Pelican Magazine, The Perse School, Cambridge (March 1915, July 1915, September 1916, March 1917, October 1917, July 1918 and July 1919)
Admissions Register, The Perse School, Cambridge
Information kindly provided by The Perse School, Cambridge

By Emma Easterbrook, Robin Mansfield and Ian Bent

Edward Twelftree Saint