Harry Melville Edwards was born at Willenhall, Staffordshire in 1892 son of Henry Edwards (Clergyman of St. Johns, West Bromwich) and Rachel Edwards (nee Wood). As a chile he lived at St. Johns Vicarage, 32 Sams Lane Vicarage, West Bromwich.
After his scholling he was an Articled Pupil at an Estate Agent.
At the beginning of the First World War his career was intrupted and he was commissioned as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the 24th January 1915 in to the 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
In September 1915 he landed in France with the 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as a Platoon Commander in 'C' Company.
On the 18th March 1917 he was promoted to Temporary Captain and on the 8th June 1918 to Temporary Major.
After Colonel C. Wheeler was wounded and Major Dippie's heath gave way he took over command of the 11th Battalion on the 27th January 1919 as Acting Lieut.-Colonel, a position he would hold until 15th August 1919.
He was mentioned-in-despatches (London Gazette 5th June 1919).
He was awarded an O.B.E. in 1919 (London Gazette 3rd June 1919) and in September 1919 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Crown of Romania (London Gazette 20th September 1919) for his services in the province of Dobrudsha in 1918/19 whilst commanding the 11th Battalion.
On the 1st September 1921 he relinguished his commission and retired from the army and was granted the rank of Lieut.-Colonel.
In 1925 he married Lilian Maud Nichols.
Lieut.-Colonel Harry Melville Edwards, O.B.E. died 1964, age 72.