Brigadier-General Edmund William Costello VC CMG CVO Croix de Guerre (France) (August 7th. 1873 - June 7th. 1949) was born in Sheikhbudia, North West Frontier (now known as Punjab), India, and was the recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 23 years old and a lieutenant in the 22nd Punjab Infantry, Indian Army during the Malakand Frontier War, when the following deed took place:
On 26th. July 1897 at Malakand on the Indian Frontier Lieutenant Costello went out from the hospital enclosure and with the assistance of two sepoys, brought in a wounded Lance-Havildar who was lying 60 yards away, in the open, on the football ground. This ground was at the time over-run with swordsmen and swept by heavy fire from both the enemy and our own men who were holding the sapper lines.
Lieutenant Costello serve in the First World War and later achieved the rank of Brigadier-General.
His grave and memorial are in St. Mark's Churchyard, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, England.
His Victoria Cross is displayed in the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London.