Regiment : H.M.S. Charybdis Royal Navy
Service number : DMX102701
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 23rd October 1943 aged 21
Buried : Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England, Panel 82, Column 3.
Relatives : Son of William and Rose Ann Edwards, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch St George's Church WW2 Memorial.
HMS Charybdis was an anti-aircraft cruiser. On 20th October 1943 she was assigned to Operation Tunnel, a British Operation aimed at intercepting and sinking enemy ships attempting to get through the Channel. The British force consisting of Charybdis and a number of destroyers sailed from Plymouth at 19.00 hours on 22nd October 1943. In the early hours of 23rd October whilst of the coast of Brittany Charybdis was hit by two torpedoes ten minutes apart. She sank at around 02.30 with the loss of 460 men, 107 of her crew were saved. HMS Limbourne was also sunk during the same action.
Walter Edwards has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Plymouth Naval Memorial.