John Clifford Metcalfe MC
||Royal Army Medical Corps
||1st/1st (West Riding) Field
|Date of Death
||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
- 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
His beloved sleep
|Sources: Website CWGC,
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