John Ramsey Horler

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 15 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c942
  1. Derek Tacchi

    Born and schooled in Newcastle, John Ramsey Horler (“Ramsay”) then qualified MB BS in 1946 at King’s College, Durham University. After joining the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) as a national service officer, he was posted overseas to Palestine to Glubb Pasha Arab Legion. Later he moved via Egypt to Kenya to the King’s African Rifles. Returning home in 1949, he joined 151 field ambulance RAMC Territorial Army, which he later commanded in 1961, and he then became honorary colonel to 223 Field Dressing Station.

    Professionally he trained in physical medicine and then entered general practice in Low Fell, Gateshead, where he remained for 40 years. During that time he was president of the North of England Branch of the BMA. He was also a clinical assistant and served on the management committee of his local hospital.

    From his student days he played cricket, and as a fast bowler he took a hat trick for the Victorians Cricket Club (which was mentioned in Wisden). When he gave up league cricket at the age of 44 he joined Northumberland Golf Club, where he played regularly until his early 80s. He also joined the Gosforth Musical Society and for 26 years sang bass in roles in Gilbert and Sullivan favourites.

    In 1954 he married Dr Ann Wilby, and with their family and later grandchildren he enjoyed regular visits to Crieff Hydro, Perthshire, which over the years became a second home.

    He was predeceased by his wife and is survived by two sons and a daughter and nine grandchildren.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c942


    • Former general practitioner Low Fell, Gateshead (b 19 November 1923; q Durham 1946; TD), died quietly on 27 October 2009.

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