First World War campaign medal awarded to Quartermaster James Carr, Royal Army Medical Corps.
James Carr (8 Feb 1863-Oct 1931) served as Quartermaster with the 7th Casualty Clearing Station in France 1914-15, receiving the Military Cross for service during the battle of Neuve Chappelle 1915 - a very early award, a press obituary in 1931 describing Carr as the first man in the West Riding (of Yorkshire) to be awarded the MC. Later served at the POW hospital at Brocton (Cannock Chase).
Carr's Army service began in 1877 with the Leeds Rifles, and he rapidly becoming a serjeant and signalling instructor. He joined the Leeds Medical Corps on its formation in 1888. Gazetted as Quartermaster (with honorary rank of Lieutenant) on the outbreak of war. At his death Carr was President of the Harrogate branch of the Old Contemptibles Association.
Related items: the medals of James Carr's daughter, Mary, are held also in the collection (Nursing Sister Mary Carr, P/266982 QAIMNS).