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Ian Charles Fuller

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1960
  1. James Larcombe

Ian Charles Fuller was born in Bedford and educated locally. He built model boats, so it was no surprise when, aged 17, he entered the Royal Naval College (Dartmouth). During the second world war he first served on Atlantic convoys. In February 1941 he was posted to HMS Calcutta, which was bombed and sank off north Africa’s coast. Ian was rescued by HMS Coventry and thus claimed to have swum from Calcutta to Coventry. Trouble followed Ian, whose next ship HMS Glenroy was torpedoed. After abandoning ship he spent a lonely November night on an engineless lighter full of oranges that was bound for Tobruk. En route to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943, Ian was billeted with a local general practitioner in Durban when his ship stopped for a refit. Inspired by his observation of …

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