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Malcolm Yorston

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 13 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2009
  1. David Yorston

Malcolm Yorston was born in Manchester. His father, Sydney, was a manager for the Petroleum Board, having survived the Western Front in the first world war. After leaving school in 1942, Malcolm studied engineering at Bristol university, but this came to an abrupt end when he accepted the invitation of his father to help run the oil refinery at Avonmouth. Two engineers had been killed during an air raid, and Malcolm’s engineering skills and knowledge were urgently required to maintain fuel supplies for the war effort.

As keeping the Avonmouth oil refinery running was a reserved occupation, Malcolm downgraded his occupation to “fitter,” which enabled him to join up. After completing basic artillery training, he volunteered to be seconded to the …

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