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- n. One who helps carry a stretcher or litter.
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- n. A person who carries, or helps to carry, injured or dead people on a stretcher.
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- n. one who helps carry a stretcher
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He served as a stretcher-bearer with the British Army.
He served as a stretcher-bearer in WWI and then running canteens for soldiers in Dumfries during WWII.
Tragically, in 1941, his mother was euthanized by the Nazis, and his father later killed serving in Hitler's war; in his late teens, Stockhausen himself was a stretcher-bearer for the Germans, witnessing horrific atrocities.
It's a book in three parts: the first couple of chapters describe Shute's boyhood and youth, where the most exciting part is his close observation of the Easter Rising of 1916 - his father, as it happens, was the Secretary of the Irish Post Office, so there is a certain immediacy to Shute's account, from an angle one doesn't often get - that of a middle-class English teenager pressed into service as a stretcher-bearer.
Although the picture is blurred, note that the leading stretcher-bearer is wearing his helmet at a slightly raked angle.
They were both present at the battle of Spion Kop in South Africa seven years earlier -- Churchill as a war correspondent, Gandhi as a stretcher-bearer -- but they failed even to scrape hulls on that occasion.
He was serving as a stretcher-bearer, behind the lines, being too old for any more active service.
Mahatma Gandhi acted, for example, as a volunteer stretcher-bearer at the Spionkop battle site near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mahatma Gandhi acted, for example, as a volunteer stretcher-bearer at the Spioenkop battle site near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.
He led a small stretcher-bearer corps which nursed the wounded Zulus whom the whites despised and left to suffer.