Peter Michael RoemmeleBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39540.677083.BE (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:839
- Ailbe Beirne
Peter was born in Osterley, in the London suburbs, on 28 July 1920, the youngest son of a former immigrant, a German speaking general practitioner, and a nurse from County Donegal. Educated at Haileybury, an austere boarding school, he excelled academically and was a rower, champion shot at Bisley, a school chorister, developing a lifelong love of classical music.
Early holidays were spent in Connemara, where his father had a fishing lodge, and from the age of 4 he developed an enthusiasm for fishing, which was to play an important part in his adult life.
After school Peter went to Edinburgh University to study medicine, graduating in 1943, ahead of others in his year, and he was the recipient of the rarely awarded Anndale gold medal for clinical surgery.
He graduated in 1943, and joined the Royal Naval Volunteer …