John WeaverBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4856 (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4856
- Brew Atkinson, Patrick Bell, David Hadden
Immediately on leaving Bangor Grammar School in 1942 John Weaver joined the army. After training with a tank regiment in Catterick, he was posted to India and selected for officer training. Commissioned into the 5th Royal Gurkha regiment, he volunteered for the Gurkha parachute regiment and in all made 27 jumps into the jungle. His earlier experience driving tanks landed him the job of transport officer in the attack on Imphal, John survived the war with the rank of major.
On return to Belfast he studied medicine. A postgraduate appointment in pathology under the dean, Sir John Henry Biggart, involving numerous hospital autopsies in the days before scanners, gave him real insight into the diagnostic difficulties of internal medicine. He rapidly attained membership of the Royal College of Physicians and a doctorate in medicine with commendation, before taking up a …