Macarthur, John Gordon

Date of birth:
June 29th, 1916 (Parish of Alness, Highland/Great Britain)
Date of death:
May 8th, 1988
Service number:
104552
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

John Macarthur was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Materia Medica at the University of Aberdeen in 1939. His career was interupted by the Second War and following distinguished war service with the R.A.M.C. he returned to Aberdeen were he held Registrar and Senior Registrar Posts at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. In 1949 he was appointed Pollock Lecturer in Materia Medica at the University of Glasgow, a post he held until his retirement. He was also a Consultant Physician at Stobhill Hospital Glasgow. He died on 8 May 1988.

Prmotions:
September 10th, 1939: Lieutenant (Royal Army Medical Corps)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Royal Army Medical Corps (Aberdeen) (2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Royal Army Medical Corps (Aberdeen))
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1944
Action:
Recommendation:
"During the operation of crossing the river Gari on 11 and 12 May, 1944, the battalion attack on Pt.63 on 13 May and subsequent operations leading up to the capture of Cassino on 17 May, Captain Macarthur was continuously moving out under fire to assist in the evacuation of casualties of the Battalion and other units. At all times he showed complete disregard for his own personal safety. The work of the Medical Officer and the stretcher bearers under him was beyond all praise, and his cheerful work under fire and care in the evacuation and treatment of wounded was very fine example to all ranks.”
Details:
Awarded as an 'immediate' MC.
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Royal Army Medical Corps
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8TH ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 34726 published on the 3 November 1939
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36668 published on the 22 August 1944
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36886 published on the 9 January 1945
    - Chelsea Military Antiques