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Jerry B

RAMC group including Bill Anderson DSO Airlanding and Commando medic

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A gift from two members on another forum who dropped it off at my house yesterday.

 

It is a group photo of "A" Company, 207th (Welsh) Field Ambulance RAMC and has all the names of those pictured which following some research I was able to discover the commanding officer was Major W.M.E. Anderson who later was commander of 195th Airlanding field ambulance RAMC who as part of 6th Airlanding brigade, 6th Airborne division and flew into Normandy on D Day, where he was wounded but refused treatment until he had transported his wounded patients to the main dressing station, later he was involved in the battle of the bulge and then later on he was involved in operation Varsity, the crossing of the Rhine.  For his actions in Normandy and in Germany he was awarded the DSO.  In the post war period he was commander of 2nd medical light commando.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Anderson

 

http://www.pegasusarchive.org/varsity/war_195afa.htm

 

http://www.paradata.org.uk/units/6th-airlanding-brigade

 

http://www.unithistories.com/officers/Army_officers_A06.html

 

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Following research on the other officer, he was Dr Douglas Geaorge Adamson, who swerved in the middle easr and then was with the 14th Army in Burma, being the youngest LT-Col in the army at that time.

 

The link below has his family history, some pictures of him in Syria and India, also his obituary.

 

http://www.genesontheweb.co.uk/p70.htm

 

Following his house appointments and a period of general practitioner experience, he served in the RAMC throughout the second world war. With HM Forces he had a most distinguished career, serving in Egypt, Syria, Persia, Iraq and Burma. He became the youngest serving Lieut. Colonel in the forces at the time he was appointed Assistant Director of Malariology of the 14th Army. In this capacity he was twice mentioned in despatches.
On demobilisation he became clinical assistant and subsequently lecturer of the University of St Andrews at Dundee Royal Infirmary, initially with Professor Adam Patrick, and later with Professor Sir Ian G W Hill.

 

I also found some links in the London Gazette which give notice of his commission as LT in Nov 1939 and his being demobbed as a LT-Col in Jan 1946

 

 

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34745/supplements/8091

 

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37425/supplements/385/page.pdf

 

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