79834 Sergeant Robert Graham.

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'D' Battery, 231st (North Midland) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 28 July 1917.

Graham was a ntive of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 21 July 1917 reported, ANOTHER BRAVE MEDALIST. Burnley Sergeant prevents big explosion. On the morning of June 7th a British ammunition dump in France was set on fire by the Germans and it was through a Burnley sergeant and three other volunteers that it was extinguished before any serious consequences resulted. The heroic volunteers were Sergeant Robert Graham, A/Bombardier W. Pioney, Gunner G. Johnson and Gunner J. Newman. 79834 Sergeant Robert Graham is the 23 year old son of Mrs. Graham, now residing at 19, Ebor Street, Burnley Lane, and after his plucky feat he received a card from the Brigade Commander announcing he had 'read with great pleasure' a report that he had distinguished himself by conspicuous bravery in the field. Subsequently the sergeant and his colleagues were awarded the Military Medal under the following circumstances, which are contained in the official records, "At Lievon, on June 7, 1917 the battery position was heavily shelled with 10.5 and 15 c.m. shells. At about 7.45 am and ammunition dump containing high explosive and gas shells was set on fire. Sergeant Graham with his party of volunteers immediately set to work to put out the fire. The shelling was very violent at the time, eight shells falling within a few yards of the dump. These men continued to work with great gallantry and coolness, and eventually succeeded in putting out the fire".

Sergeant Graham is the youngest of the three sons of Mrs. Graham, who is now a widow. Now, alas she has only two, the eldest, Albert, being killed in July 1915 when she resided in Lyndhurst Road, Fulledge. The other surviving son, aged 26, is now in Salonika. Sergeant Graham joined the army on the 14 August 1914 and has been on active service for 22 months. He has been in a number of violent engagements, and has been wounded twice, the first time in the hand, and later at Lens in the ribs. He is now at home on convalescent leave and is due to return to the front on Sunday. Two of his cousins are officers, 2/Lieutenant Harry Conway and Lieutenant George Conway, and a brother in law, Driver E. Linsley is in the Motor Transport.