Stories of the Somme – Military Cross for Muckamore doctor

RAMC_CrestCapt. Norman Clotworthy Graham, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, was awarded a Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry.

Norman, from Dunadry, Co. Antrim, studied medicine at Queens University, Belfast before gaining a commission in the RAMC in 1915. It is not known to which unit Norman was attached.

However, in September 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for displaying outstanding courage. The citation in the London Gazette of 26 September 1916 reads:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. For several days he was constantly tending the wounded under heavy shell fire. He refused to leave the lines when the battalion had been relieved until he had attended to the wounded of many other units. During the whole time he had hardly an hour’s rest.’

Norman remained with the RAMC until just before the Armistice in November 1918 when he transferred to the Royal Air Force. At this time, on 8 November 1918, Norman received a further honour when he was Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding duty by the Commander in Chief of the Army, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig.

Norman was posted to 59 Squadron Royal Air Force as a Medical Officer. At the time, the squadron was based at Caudry, south-west of Cambrai, France. He remained with the Squadron until 13 August 1919 when he was discharged from the service.

His address on discharge was Clonlee, Muckamore, County Antrim, at which he resided until his death. His former home is now a nursing care home.

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