Armed forces female doctors

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by Tonym, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    During my army service I never encountered a female Royal Army Medical Corps officer until my medical discharge, after eleven months in a military hospital, when my discharge was confirmed by a female RAMC Major whom I assumed was an administrative rather than a medical appointment.

    However I have just received details, for my female casualty project, of a Captain Jean Cunison Nelson, R.A.M.C. (L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.) who died 15th August 1945 and is buried in Delhi War Cemetery. The only RAMC female now in my records. Does anyone have information on how many female doctors served in the RAMC, and indeed the Naval and Air Force medical services during WW2?

    The thought does occur to me that, as a result of the thousands of females that were serving, it was necessary to recruit female doctors into the male dominated medical services?

    Grateful for any assistance.

    Tony
     
  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Hi SOE in 1944-1945 had a female doctor on their HQ Medical Team in London (name not known) agents from STS and SOE staff were normally treated in the London area at a special MI Room at the QE Hospital at Millbank and at St Thomases, elsewhere special arrangements were made with local hospitals.
    In London SOE also had a team of three dentists that carried out special dental work to make fillings and crowns etc look as if they'd been carried out on the continent.
    From 1944 onwards SOE had its own RAMC staffed MI room at its London HQ.
     
  3. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thanks Jedburgh

    At least I am now prepared (hopefully not) to discover other medically trained casualties.

    Tony
     
  4. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I have just discovered, with the help of Clive (CL1), that Captain Nelson was commisioned as a Lieutenant in the RAMC in 1942. So it appears that female doctors were not uncommon.

    Tony
     
  5. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    I know this is not WW2, But I served with Major Cathy Dent RAMC in the early 80s prior to the Falklands war, Her husband was Captain Christopher Dent of 2 Para who was killed with Col H at Goose Green.
     
  6. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thanks Medic

    I appreciate that females are now an integral part of the armed forces but I was completely unaware that females actually served in the RAMC in WW2.

    Tony
     
  7. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

  8. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    It was still unusual for a woman to be a doctor in the 1940’s and a woman as a medical officer was even more rare. Dr Ross throughout her military career was met with acceptance but also resistance from colleagues and patients in what was the very male environment of the British Army
     

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  9. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Bodston

    I know it's a long time ago but she looks like the one who discharged me????

    Tony
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    hello Tony
    not sure if this helps.used Geoffs Search Engine.I am sure there are more

    http://www.bmj.com/content/1/4298/local/admin.pdf

    Lieutenant SHEILA DOROTHY MARKHAM BROWN

    241345, Royal Army Medical Corps
    who died age 27
    on 05 February 1943
    Daughter of William Rochester Brown and Gertrude Brown, of Stocksfield, Northumberland. M.B., B.S.
    Remembered with honour
    BIRMINGHAM (PERRY BAR) CREMATORIUM
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    Medical Notes in Parliament -- 1 (4398): 574 -- bmj.com
    Captain CHRISTINE MARY EDMONDS

    294884, Royal Army Medical Corps
    who died age 26
    on 08 April 1945
    Daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Morley Edmonds, of Wickhamford, Worcestershire. M.B., Ch.B.
    Remembered with honour
    MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI
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    http://www.bmj.com/content/2/4474/local/admin.pdf

    Captain MARGARET MARY LOUGHNAN

    282693, Royal Army Medical Corps
    who died
    on 24 December 1945
    Daughter of Michael and Julia Mary Loughnan. M. B.
    Remembered with honour
    MUNSTER HEATH WAR CEMETERY

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    http://www.bmj.com/content/1/4408/local/admin.pdf

    Lieutenant EDITH MARY ROBSON

    333448, Royal Army Medical Corps
    who died age 25
    on 10 June 1945
    Daughter of Moses Edward and Amy Millicent Robson, of Ashley, Wiltshire. M.B., B.S. (Lond.), L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.
    Remembered with honour
    MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI
     
  11. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thanks Clive

    I toyed with the idea of Geoff's Search Engine but it looked like a full time job. It also appears that I now have to open up a new section, the first one went into my Miscellaneous section.

    So it looks like the lady doctors broke into the male stronghold of the RAMC; good for them.

    Cheers, Tony
     
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Epidemiology Section -- 1 (4456): 861 -- bmj.com

    Captain JOYCE MARGARET HIERONS

    328928, Royal Army Medical Corps
    who died age 26
    on 13 May 1946
    Daughter of John William and Caroline Hierons, of West Worthing, Sussex. L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.
    Remembered with honour
    KARACHI WAR CEMETERY
     
  13. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thanks Clive

    And there was me thinking that I had all the WW2 female, commemorated, casualties recorded! That's six female medics so far.

    Tony
     

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