Cameron Macpherson Edwards DSO (3) was born at North Nation Mills, Quebec (QC), son of John Cameron Edwards and Margaret (Cameron) Edwards. He was educated in Ottawa Ontario and attended McGill University, Montreal QC. Edwards raised and commanded the 38th Battalion Canadian Infantry. In August 1915 Edwards and the Battalion traveled to Bermuda. In 1916 they arrived in France. Lieutenant Colonel Edwards had command in France for two years. He received his first Distinguished Service Order (DSO) January 10, 1917. His citation reads as follows: For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organized his battalion for attack, and carried out a dashing assault in a snow storm with conspicuous success. He set a splendid example of courage and initiative throughout.

Edwards was wounded once and "Mentioned In Despatches" three times. On June 6 1918 he was awarded a second DSO. He received his third DSO in connection with action in September 1918. His citation reads as follows: On September 2, 1918, during the Drocourt-Queant battle, he displayed fine leadership and gallantry. He carried out several reconnaissances under very heavy fire, and the information he gained was most valuable in directing artillery fire into points of resistance and enemy movements. His cool courage was an example to all who came in contact with him, but particularly to his battalion which gained all their objectives in time, thereby creating the desired gap in the Drocourt-Queant system of trenches.

In September 1918, he transferred to Canadian Headquarters, London England. After WW1 he returned to Ottawa where he rose to become President of W.C. Edwards & Co. In December 1913 he had married Agnes Wallace Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Watson. They had one son and one daughter.