Edward Donald BellewVC was born at Bombay, India and educated at Royal Military College, Sandhurst England. He came to Canada prior to World War 1 and worked in British Columbia for the federal Department of Public Works prior to enlisting, in August 1914, with the Canadian Infantry service.
On 24 April 1915, during the first Battle of Ypres, as a machine gun officer of the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Captain Edward Bellew single-handedly held his position, during a fierce enemy poison gas attack, until he was forced to surrender and taken prisoner.
During the poison gas attack, Bellew had two guns operating on high ground overlooking Keerelaere. The battalion was besieged on both its front and right flanks. Exposed by a gap in the line, the gun on the right flank was put out of action. Bellew managed to ward off the attack temporarily until reinforcements arrived, but they were quickly surrounded and killed.
With the Germans only a hundred yards away, Bellew and one other gunner decided not to yield and together they kept on firing. Then his comrade was killed, and Bellew himself wounded. However he kept on firing until he was out of ammunition. With the enemy literally on top of him, he seized a rifle, smashed his machine gun and kept on battling until he was overcome and taken prisoner.
For his valour Bellew was awarded theVictoria Cross (VC) . After WW 1, he returned to British Columbia and engaged in surveying and construction work. He eventually retired to Monte Creek B.C. and died at Kamloops B.C. in February 1961.