Private Robert Johnson was awarded this Certificate by his home town, Amble in Northumberland, in recognition of his service as a Stretcher Bearer during the First World War. ‘Stretcher bearers were wonderful people. Ours had been the bandsmen of earlier days. They were always called to the most dangerous places .. yet there were always men ready to volunteer for the job.’ (Captain Charles Hudson.) Stretcher Bearers had the difficult, often dangerous, role of retrieving casualties from the battlefield. They gave First Aid and carried casualties to the Regimental Aid Post and Casualty Clearing Station.