Came across another recipient of the Military Medal!
Corporal Edward Savage, MM was a member of 31st Battery, 8th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on 13 July 1917 when he was awarded the Military Medal for his performance at Vimy Ridge. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and great courage to duty at VIMY on the night of April 19th 1917, when in charge of pack horses taking up ammunition.
The party came under heavy shell fire and was warned that the road was blocked with horses and wagons. Largely owing to this N.C.O's example of courage and fine leadership and the confidence he inspired the party pushed on till it reached the block in the road and came under further heavy and constant shell fire.
Bdr. SAVAGE at once went on alone, found a route through the block and the barrage and guided the pack train safely through.
returning from the guns he found the battery rations beside the road, derelict. Under constant shell fire he loaded them on the pack horses, and in two trips delivered the whole to the battery.
A few days later he was in a dug-out when nine men were killed and wounded. Though particularly stunned he applied first aid, reported the casualties to his Officer and went into action with his gun. His No.1 and several gunners were casualties, but he took charge, and kept the gun in action throughout.
During the whole period from April 9th whether at the guns or in charge of pack horses, he has on several occasions by his judgement, example, courage and devotion to duty undoubtedly saved the lives of many men and horses.
Lest we forget!
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