Major John Cadman Watts


Unit : 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC

Army No. : 74438

Awards : Military Cross


Major Watts served with the 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance in Normandy, but was with Headquarters Royal Army Medical Corps during the Rhine Crossing.


For Conspicuous Gallantry and Devotion to Duty:-


Major Watts landed by glider at Hamminkeln on 24th March 1945. Immediately after landing they were sniped at close quarters but Major Watts succeeded in unloading the jeep which he used to collect casualties from the neighbouring gliders and in spite of sustained and accurate machine gun fire he succeeded in dressing and evacuating all casualties over the next two hours.


At Ranville on 21st June 1944, the Main Dressing Station was heavily shelled and many casualties were caused, some casualties requiring immediate surgical interference. Major Watts continued to operate till all the cases were finished. During this period the building sustained 15 direct hits and the operating theatre was struck twice. By his coolness and skill on this occasion he was instrumental in saving many lives.


Throughout the whole campaign this officer has set a very high standard of coolness, courage and endurance in many cases under difficult and trying conditions.


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