Private John Greene M.M.

58th Field Ambulance

Royal Army Medical Corps

From Dublin

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Private John Greene (pictured left) was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry during the Battle of Cambrai-St. Quentin, 27 September-9 October 1918.

John was a stretcher bearer during this action, working tirelessly with the dead and wounded. Stretcher Bearers were always called to the most dangerous places, where casualties had already taken place. They were as brave as the ordinary soldiers – if not braver, in that they were unarmed and operating in no-mans-land

World War I army stretcher bearers Passchendael 1917 Photo from http://www.myyorkshire.org
World War I army stretcher bearers Passchendael 1917
Photo from http://www.myyorkshire.org

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The Military Medal (MM) was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army, below commissioned rank.It was an award for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire . The medal was established on 25 March 1916. Recipients of the Military Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “MM”. On the reverse of the medal is inscribed “For Bravery in the Field”. Over 115,000 awards were made for actions during the First World War.

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” It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934 – ), Retired United States Army General

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