Desmond Foreman

Medals awarded

  • Military Medal
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Africa Star 1940-43
    Clasp: 8th Army
  • Italy Star 1943-45
  • France and Germany Star 1944-45
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • Imperial Service Medal

Medals are shown left to right, as per the bullet point list above.

Born in 1920, Desmond Joseph Foreman served as a stretcher bearer with the 7th Battalion during the Second World War.

He was awarded the Military Medal for his actions in Libya in 1942.

Private Foreman’s citation reads “During the attack at Sidra (6/7 June 1942), the Company to which Private Foreman was attached, began to sustain many casualties from intense machine-gun and artillery fire. He immediately took charge of the proceedings, and carried on dressing wounds until the Company reached an intermediate position, still under heavy fire. By this time there were about fifteen casualties in one truck and the Company Sergeant Major ordered another truck to be used. Private Foreman continued to dress the wounded until this truck too was full. At this point the Company was ordered to withdraw and he took his casualties to the Regimental Aid Post. It was only then discovered that Private Foreman had himself been wounded in the shoulder, and had continued his work without mentioning this fact to anybody.”

Foreman served throughout the war.

Foreman also received an Imperial Service Medal. This as presented to selected civil servants who complete at least 25 years’ service, upon their retirement. It was established under the statutes of the Imperial Service Order, on 8 August 1902, by King Edward VII.