Wallace Barr

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1243
  1. Gavin Barr

Wallace Barr, who has died aged 95, was a well known consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in the Glasgow area. Born and bred in Paisley, he was educated at the John Neilson Institute and left aged 15, with the Dux medal. He wished to study medicine but, being too young to enter the medical course, he overcame this problem by entering the combined science medicine course, qualifying BSc in 1938 and MB ChB, with commendation, in 1941.

After resident jobs in the Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, he was drafted into the army. He found army life in Lincolnshire exceedingly boring, so, along with a colleague, he requested an overseas posting. This turned out to be to France—on D-Day. After intensive training he landed in Normandy at 08.30 am, immediately behind the engineers who had cleared the mines. After the successful landing and treatment of immediate casualties, including a case of acute appendicitis, he was then directed to 21st Army Group Headquarters, where …

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