Holder of two WWI gallantry medals shown left is W/Cdr Richard Yates who re-enlisted as Senior Balloon Officer at Cardington during WW11. It is not known how long he served on the camp.
In 1916 he was awarded a Military Medal whilst serving at the Somme and later in 1917 was awarded a Military Cross for Gallantry at the battle of Passchendaele. His citation reads:
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion as forward observation officer during an attack. He maintained communication by lamp and runners after the wires had been cut, and sent back valuable information from the front line for the infantry battalion, as well as for the battery. After the infantry had reached their objective he made a tour of the front line, under a heavy barrage, and made certain the artillery protective barrage was correctly placed, reporting the fact to his artillery headquarters."
Yet another remarkable man who appeared at Cardington.