Jersey's Great War heroes:
Military Medal winning postman Clifford Bree
Clifford Bree was awarded the Military Medal for bravery under fire after treating hundreds of injured soldiers on the front line over the course of the war. The eldest of seven children, he was born in Jersey in 1895 and brought up in the island.
As an 18-year-old he joined the Great Western Railway as a cashier and in 1914 he was sent to the Birkenhead office in Merseyside for training.
He was originally drafted into the Army as a soldier and it was only after a visit from his father, a strict Methodist, that he was persuaded to transfer to the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was sent to Blackpool for basic medical training before 63rd Field Ambulance was deployed as part of the West Lancashire division to the French battlefields.
During his years of service in the Medical Corps he came to the aid of troops at the Somme, Ypres, Cambrai and Arras.
In 1917 at Ypres his division was hit by an exploding gas shell, which resulted in the deaths often of his fellow stretcher-bearers and one officer. He discarded his gas mask to treat the wounded more easily and, as a result, he lost his senses of smell and taste, which he never regained.
Later in the same battle he volunteered to run across no-man's-land under constant machine-gun and sniper fire, and it was for this brave action that he received the Military Medal at the end of the war.
After being demobbed in 1919 he returned to Birkenhead, before going on to work in Manchester and Hull. He came back to Jersey with his wife Ida in 1929 and was presented with a gold watch by the States for his war service.