Definition of stretcher-bearer in English:



  • A person who helps to carry the sick or injured on stretchers, especially in time of war or at the scene of an accident.

    • ‘They report the body to the stretcher-bearers and move on.’
    • ‘Many will take their inspiration from the words of young soldiers like Caleb Milne, a stretcher-bearer killed by a mortar round on May 11, 1945, while giving first aid to a wounded soldier.’
    • ‘Léger enlisted in the army and served as a sapper in the front line, then as a stretcher-bearer.’
    • ‘On numerous occasions he withdrew from the front line under heavy fire to summon medical assistance for the wounded and returned acting as a guide to stretcher-bearers.’
    • ‘The refugee column was attacked by German planes, and the stretcher-bearers ran off, leaving Mitterrand lying on the road looking up at the German planes in the sky above him.’
    • ‘The ship's crew became volunteer stretcher-bearers instantly.’
    • ‘Bridges, the Australian commander, Simpson, a brave stretcher-bearer, and hundreds of other Australians were dead within a month.’
    • ‘And so they deployed him as a stretcher-bearer rather than as a combat soldier.’
    • ‘The stretcher-bearers felt a deep sense of personal loss if their patient died, such was the bond formed over the mountains.’
    • ‘Erskine, the Quaker, offered to serve as a stretcher-bearer, but the British Embassy refused to repatriate people not prepared to join the armed forces.’
    • ‘Not even the sight of stretcher-bearers has dissuaded referees from rubbing salt into the wounds down the years.’
    • ‘In charge of triage, I went out into the forecourt to direct the stretcher-bearers.’
    • ‘They offered their services and trained as stretcher-bearers to support the expected medical casualties.’
    • ‘When the stretcher-bearers put him down, the covering was pulled back.’
    • ‘He was left for dead at a hospital clearing post but fortunately was heard to make a sound by one of the stretcher-bearers carrying out a body from the medical aid post tent.’
    • ‘But with the declaration of war Coles felt that he had to volunteer, and was sent to Flanders as a stretcher-bearer, generally regarded as one of the most dangerous of all assignments, constantly exposed to enemy shelling.’
    • ‘Bandsmen are professional musicians who act as stretcher-bearers in the event of war.’
    • ‘I went over the crest with my orderly, asking the stretcher-bearers to follow at intervals so as not to attract fire.’
    carrier, bearer, baggage carrier, baggage bearer
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