Christopher Grainger Livingston Raper

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g310
  1. Rachael Austen

Christopher Grainger Livingston Raper, who died suddenly in Sunningwell, Oxfordshire, was born in Shaftesbury, where the night before his birth he had been indirectly underneath the stairs of the lodgings where his mother was sheltering from the Luftwaffe during an air raid warning. His father, Alan, was a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps at a nearby army hospital, where he tended to, among others, German pilots who had been shot down. That night, a bomb fell and exploded close to, but mercifully not on, the hospital. A year later, Christopher Raper’s father was drafted for overseas duty, and, leaving the Clyde in convoy for Singapore, was fortunately diverted to East Africa on the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. Christopher was not to see his father again for four years.

After the war, in 1947, Alan Raper …

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