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Robert James Edwin BellMary Evaline GriffithMercy Jacob JosephWilliam Thomas KennyOmotunde Olutosin (“Tosin”) Manuwa-ClairmonteRobert ProsserMaureen Seddon (née Maxwell)Robert William Magill StrainRichard WaltonGavin (“Guy”) Baird Ross WarnockMaurice Cresswell BroughDavid Stafford-Clark

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7235.651 (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:651

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Former general practitioner Mirfield (b Donegal 1915; q Belfast 1938), d 27 December 1999. At the outbreak of war he volunteered for service with the Royal Army Medical Corps. After a year he went to the Middle East and spent some months with a field ambulance in Tobruk under enemy siege. He was then given command of a field ambulance which was sent to Syria, the scene of heavy fighting between British and Vichy French forces. In 1943 he arrived in India as part of a draft of reinforcements for the Burma campaign and at the age of 27 was appointed lieutenant colonel. After the war he became a partner in a large practice in Mirfield and was there until he retired in 1979. He then moved to Castle Douglas. Predeceased by his first wife, Blossom, he leaves his second wife, Edith; a son from his first marriage; and two stepdaughters.

[Peter McKay]

Mary Evaline Griffith

Former general practitioner Selly Oak, Birmingham (b 1901; qDublin 1925), d 13 January 2000. At only 5ft she held her own in a predominantly male college and was never afraid to put forward her point of view. She and her husband, Tom, ran a busy general practice until retirement in 1965. Throughout the second world war they worked long hours in difficult circumstances, accepting the work of those in the armed forces. She took on most of the district midwifery and became a competent toothpuller. Throughout her working life she was involved in the care of young unmarried mothers, many from Ireland. Inactivity in retirement in north Wales soon found her as a permanent member of a local practice. Predeceased by her husband, Tom, she leaves three children; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

[Thomas Griffith]

Mercy Jacob Joseph

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist (b India 1938; q Rome 1963; …

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