Robert, of Paisley, was a private and stretcher-bearer
with the 51st Highland Division.
He worked as a stretcher-bearer
, following up behind the advancing troops to bring in the casualties, and spent most of the night bringing in the wounded through a heavy barrage.
Working as a stretcher-bearer
, he saved countless lives whilst never firing a shot in anger, helped all the way by his trusty donkey.
When a sentry spied a wounded British soldier in a shell-hole close to the German front line, Private Heaviside was on stretcher-bearer
duties and ran out into no man's land with water and first aid.
His parents received the following letter from their son's Commanding Officer, Captain J E Eastwood, who wrote:"We had just one man badly wounded and your son, as a stretcher-bearer
, was attending to him when I heard that we had another man wounded higher up in the trenches so your son set off to attend to him and while doing so was shot dead on the spot.
Historian Alister Williams says: "Before he was an infantry officer Frederick was a stretcher-bearer
, which was a very risky job.
The pensioner's brother Fred Jones, an Army stretcher-bearer
, lost an arm at the Battle of Monte Casino in Italy in 1944.
Mahatma Gandhi was a stretcher-bearer
, and it was after Spion Kop it was reputed that he first noted his feelings toward passive r esistance.
During World War II he declared himself a conscientious objector and was jailed, later serving as a Red Cross stretcher-bearer
A topic of particular interest to Singh is Gandhi's service as the leader of an Indian stretcher-bearer
corps during the 1906 "Zulu rebellion" in South Africa.
In the killing fields of the Western Front, Jones was a stretcher-bearer
, going out into no man's land to recover wounded soldiers as bullets whizzed past his ears.
Veterans honored at the 2006 Pete Knight Memorial American Heroes Dinner included retired Navy captain Tom Craft, who led the citizen campaign to get a veterans home built in Antelope Valley; retired contractor Art Wallace, who was a Marine stretcher-bearer
on Iwo Jima, and Henry ``Hank'' Freeman, who won a Silver Star as a World War II submariner for rescuing a downed pilot while under attack by a Japanese plane.