John Davies

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 27 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5217
  1. John Holden

John Davies was a missionary doctor in Uganda during the chaos and horrors of the Amin years. He was medical superintendent at Kisiizi Hospital in the southwest of the country from 1967 to 1977, largely doing a one in one rota that is unthinkable today. Subsequently, as medical superintendent of Mengo Hospital in Kampala, he remained during the street fighting despite being advised to leave. His tenacity saw a major building project completed, the foundation of Mengo’s modernisation.

In Britain, John worked as a GP in Cheshire until 1990 before spending the remaining 17 years of his career in Newbury as medical adviser for health authorities.

He retired to Abergavenny and gained a first class degree in history from the Open University. John remained an avid reader, excellent cook and generous host to guests from around the world.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5217


  • Missionary doctor and general practitioner (b 1940; q King’s College London 1965; MFPH), died from liver failure on 29 May 2014.

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