Eric Halstead has uncovered another former member of the Vancouver Volunteer Reserve, Boorman's Battery who went on to conduct an act of bravery that was recognized by the awarding of the Military medal. Company Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Johnston, MM enlisted with the Vancouver Volunteer Reserve, Boorman's Battery on 10 November 1915. He served overseas with the 3rd Company, 4th Division Train, Canadian Army Service Corps and was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field for action 7/8 1917. His citation reads:
For resourcefulness, bravery and coolness displayed in the discharge of his duty as N.C.O. i/c Train transport details, on the night of August 7-8th, 1917. In spite of heavy shell-fire which mortally wounded the driver of the rear team and one of his horses and caused other lesser casualties, and although partially buried by falling brick and debris, Sergt Johnstone extricated the driver from beneath the surviving horse, accompanied him and a wounded brakeman to a place of security, removed the injured horse, and then returned to salvage the waggon.
On 4 December he was awarded a bar to his Military Medal for actions that we have yet to uncover. Check out the Military Medals page for a full listing of all the medal awards that have been uncovered to date. Lest we forget.
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