Through a rack system the innovation allowed three stretchers to be transported in the 5 CWT 4x4, one on the passenger side and two on a rack above. Pearson was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in January of 1943 and this system can been seen employed during the invasion of Normandy undoubtedly saving many lives.
MBE - Member of the Order of the British Empire
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K78856 CSM WIlliams Thomas Pearson
This Warrant Officer's untiring efforts and devotion to duty resulted in his experimentation bearing fruit and in the adoption of his design for the rapid conversion of cars, 5 cwt 4 X 4 into stretcher carriers. This is a notable advance in the dtudy[sic] of medical evacuation and were it not for this Warrant Officer's per-sistence and keenness this adaption would not be available as yet.
A CWT 5 4x4 Jeep modified with CSM William Thomas Pearson's rack system designed to carry three stretchers.CSM. W. T. Pearson, R.C.A.S.C., arrived back in Victoria after four years overseas service in which he won the M.B.E. and a Mention in Dispatches. He was named in the 1943 New Year's honors a Member of the British Empire for devising a special framework which, when fitted, turned the famous jeep in to a front line ambulance. Army officials have highly praised the work of this midget ambulance which has been the means of saving many lives. Former member of the Oak Bay fire department, CSM. Pearson fought from France through to Germany. He is shown above at the C.P.R. with his father, W. J. Pearson, a veteran of the last war; his wife, Jessie, and his mother.
The Victoria Colonist
An ambulance jeep of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.), Vaucelles, France, 20 July 1944.