Ralph BannisterBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2634 (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2634
- Gordon Bannister
Ralph Bannister was born on 16 September 1919 in Glasgow, the son of a customs and excise officer. His formative years were spent in Islay and Glasgow, where he attended Bellahouston Academy. He was a very bright school boy who was two years ahead of his peer group, and he enrolled on the medicine course at Glasgow University at the age of 16. He was directed into medicine by his father and the extended family, and along with Alexander, Freda, and Roger was one of four cousins to enter the profession.
Having graduated at the age of 22, he was commissioned to the Field Ambulance Brigade of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and served in Italy at Monte Casino and in Greece during the post liberation insurrection. He survived a sniper attack and a minefield, through which he crawled to rescue a wounded soldier. He left with the provisional rank of lieutenant colonel.
He entered general practice in Nuneaton in 1946 in partnership with three other Glasgow graduates, and the practice initially had …