Michael McGarvey’s Military Medal
Many of the First World War medals in the Collection at Stockton are the standard 1914-18 Star, 1914-18 War Medal or Victory medals. There are however four Military Medals. This medal was instituted in March 1916 for award to non-commissioned officers and men of the army for individual or associated acts of bravery brought to notice by the recommendation of a Commander-in-Chief in the field. Michael McGarvey of Thornaby was only 17 years of age when operating his gun position under fire; the other 2 members of his gun team were killed. He carried on operating the gun alone. McGarvey survived the war though didn’t talk about it. He is an example of one of many ordinary, very young men who performed extraordinary feats. He became the youngest sergeant in his Regiment.