Sergeant John Frederick Weatherby


Unit : 16 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC, permanently attached to Battalion HQ, 2nd Parachute Battalion

Army No. : 7357051

Awards : Distinguished Conduct Medal.


From the 17th to the 20th September 1944, the Regimental Aid Post was established in a building near the main Bridge at Arnhem in Holland. Over 150 casualties were collected and were treated and nursed in this building. As further evacuation was impossible Sergeant Weatherby, though greatly handicapped by lack of assistance and absence of facilities, organised the cellars, crowded with wounded, into orderly and efficient Sick Wards. Many lives and limbs were undoubtedly saved by his unceasing labours and devotion to duty under the most difficult conditions imaginable, during these four days.


On the 20th September, a day of fierce fighting in which any movement provoked intense fire from the enemy, Sergeant Weatherby organised and led a large stretcher party to collect casualties from a company holding the main bridge. It was largely due to his great personal courage and cool management of the party under fire that all the casualties were recovered for the loss of three of the stretcher bearers, two of whom were killed.


This NCO, by his gallantry and conspicuous devotion to duty set a very fine example to the medical orderlies of the Unit who during a battle in which they could expect no quarter from the enemy, never hesitated to risk their lives on behalf of the wounded.


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