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John Clifford Metcalfe MC

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Rank : Captain
Regiment : Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit : 1st/1st (West Riding) Field Ambulance
Date of Death : 20-03-1918
Age : 29
Grave : Plot XXVI. Row E. Grave 7.
John Clifford Metcalfe was the eldest son of John Richardson Metcalfe and Grace Hollings Metcalfe, of Eastfield, Liversedge, Yorkshire. He was born in 1889. Metcalfe had two sisters, Beatrice Alice and MaryElizabeth, and a younger brother Alfred Hollings. His father was a mill manager.
John Metcalfe began his studies at Batley Grammar School in the summer of 1901. In 1907 he entered Leeds University Medical School. He graduated with first class honours in 1912. He was a capable footballer, lawn tennis player and sprinter in his student days.
Metcalfe became a house surgeon at the Leeds infirmary.
On the outbreak of war Metcalfe enlisted in the Territorial Army, and joined the 1st (West Riding) Field Ambulance. He gained a commission to the rank of Lieutenant. In april 1915 he arrived in France, where he saw action as part of the 49th (West Riding) Division for the remainder of the war.
Metcalfe was awarded the Military Cross in May 1917 for what was recorded as 'long and valuable service.'
In 1917 Metcalfe returned to Britain with a broken leg. On 31 August he broke his fibula and tibia while playing football with other members of his field ambulance team. The accident was investigated as soldiers were sometimes suspected of inflicting wounds themselves to necessitate being sent home. The investigation evealed that this was certainly not a 'blighty one' as such wounds were called, but a genuine accident. The resultant injury caused Captain Metcalfe to endure several medical boards after he was invalided home from France on 5 September 1917.
The Medical Board allowed him a month's extension on home duty but he claimed to be fit and asked to be sent back to the front. The school magazine of Batley Grammar School for 1918 noted his death: "Captain J.C. Melcalfe MC. RAMC died in action in March. He was gassed last november and had been at home with a broken leg."
 Picture: 02-08-2017
God giveth
His beloved sleep
Sources: Website CWGC, website http://jramc.bmj.com and website https://arts.leeds.ac.uk/


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