Cramer, John

Date of birth:
January 8th, 1916
Service number:
2568791
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

John Cramer was awarded a certificate of the Royal Humane Society on August 9th, 1949, after having saved a man from drowning in the river Itchen in Southampton on June 14th, 1949.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance-Corporal
Unit:
Royal Army Medical Corps
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1944
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance-Corporal
Unit:
Royal Army Medical Corps (attached to No. 9 Commando
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1945
Recommendation:
"This NCO landed Cdo Hq MI Sec and set up an RAP in the vicinity of the beach. At 13.00 hrs the RAP came under heavy and intense shell and mortar fire for over an hour and a half. During this time casualties were sustained both in Cdo HQ and in Troops in the forward FDL's. During the shell fire however, Corporal Cramer repeatedly led stretcher parties to bring in these casualties form the forward positions over ground continuously swept by fire. When the RAP itself came under particularly accurate fire this NCO organised its removal to what was considered a safer location.By his imperturbability and command of the situation under most difficult conditions and continuous shell fire this NCO was largely responsible for excessive casualties being avoided and the competent assistance given to casualty evacuations from forward positions.
during the whole time his technical skill remained unimpaired by the difficulties and danger of the moment and he displayed complete disregard for his own safety, and coolness under fire whilst dealing with all the evacuations to the RAP.
On the 15th April, Corporal Cramer led a stretcher bearing party 300 yards forward of our FDL's through an anti-personnel minefield to search for our own dead and wounded and evacuated a German who had been wounded two days previously. The whole area of his search was under direct observation by the enemy, covered by knwon enemy MG fixed lines, and under continuous mortar fire. In spite of these hazards Corporal Cramer treated and evacuated all the wounded that he could find and did not complete his search until he was satisfied there were no more of our own casualties to be evacuated. Not only did this NCO display most efficient medical skill when dealing with casualties but also fearlessness, devotion to duty and courage which was an example to all ranks with whom he worked and a great source of confidence and assistance to the casualties which he attended."
Awarded for his actions during operation Impact Royal at Lake Commachio, Fossa Marina, Northern Italy from April 13th to 15th, 1945.
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance Coprl
Unit:
RAMC
1939-1945 Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
lance Corpl
Unit:
RAMC
Africa Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance Corpl
Unit:
RAMC
Italy Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance Corpl
Unit:
RAMC
Defence Medal 1939-1945
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance Corpl
Unit:
RAMC
War Medal 1939-1945

Sources

  • Photo 1: David Cramer
  • Photo: David Cramer
  • - Family records
    - MiD certificate
    - Original Medals
    - Royal Humane Society Certificate
    - Supplement to The London Gazette of 21st August 1945, Issue 37235, dated 23rd August 1945

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