Private Bertram Henry Roe


Unit : 225th Parachute Field Ambulance, attached to 13th Parachute Battalion

Army No. : 97003281

Awards : Military Medal


Private Roe was a member of the Non-Combatant Corps and in 1943, whilst serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he volunteered for the Airborne Forces. He completed parachute course 75 at R.A.F. Ringway, 26th July to 6th August 1943, his instructor commenting: "Fine spirit - should make a good section leader." Although nominally a member of the 225th Parachute Field Ambulance, he was attached to the 13th Parachute Battalion, with whom he jumped into Normandy on the 6th June 1944. He remained with the Battalion throughout the duration of the campaign, and for his actions on the 10th July 1944, he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads:


On 10th July 1944 the forward company position to which Private Roe was attached, was in forward positions very close to the enemy lines. The area was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar fire from 1640 hours until 1930 hours. During this time Private Roe attended to, dressed, and carried to the rear five wounded men. He went about his duties with the utmost calm and disregard for his own danger throughout the worst of the shelling. When carrying a badly wounded man to the rear, on a stretcher, with another RAMC orderly, the road was heavily mortared. The stretcher was put on the ground and one man sheltered in the ditch while Private Roe protected the wounded man, lying on the stretcher, with his own body, though bombs were landing within a few feet of him. Throughout this action Private Roe has shown complete disregard for his own safety and the highest sense of his own duty.


Bertram Henry Roe passed away on the 3rd April 2012, aged 98.


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