Lance Corporal 'Bill' Coltman VC, pictured with other members of the 1/6th Battalion, North Staffords

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Date:1914 - 1918 (c.)

Description:Lance Corporal Coltman, VC is pictured here on the right with CSM Garnham MM (left) and two officers. Coltman joined the 1/6th North Staffordshire Regiment in January 1915 as a stretcher-bearer. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery, carrying back the wounded to safety whilst under attack. For other similar acts he was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (twice), the Military Medal (twice) and was mentioned in Despatches. He still ranks as the most highly-decorated soldier (i.e. excluding commissioned officers) ever.

After the War he went back to his old job at the Parks Department in Burton upon Trent and died in June 1974.


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1870s
Officers group at Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield
Officers group at Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield

1890s
1st North Staffords pictured in Malta
1st North Staffords pictured in Malta

Malta was a British colony from 1814 until it was granted independence in 1964. ...

1910s
1/6 South Staffords in the trenches, France
1/6 South Staffords in the trenches, France

On the outbreak of war in August 1914, the 1/6th South Staffords, the T.A. Battalion ...

1930s
Having breakfast in Palestine
Having breakfast in Palestine

Through its history the Staffordshire Regiment has been involved in many campaigns ...

1960s
Inspection by the Queen of members of the Staffordshire Regiment
Inspection by the Queen of members of the Staffordshire Regiment

Presentation of the new colours at the Molyneux Ground in Wolverhampton by the Queen. ...

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