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Royal Army Medical College Millbank


History and information about the former Royal Army Medical College in Millbank London which became the Royal Defence Medical College RDMC



The Army Medical School moved to a temporarily location in York Hospital in Chelsea in 1902 from the Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley and then into Millbank College in 1907. Previously they also used Fort Pitt in Chatham. Soldier Magazine 6 October 1996 cites that the Royal Army Medical College Millbank London was built on the site of a prison, the Millbank Penitentiary. It opened in 1907 on the edge of the Thames. This was as a result of a recommendation of a Royal Commission after the Boer War.


Royal Army Medical College Millbank Lab Tech Course
Laboratory Technician III course at Royal Army Medical College, Millbank 1st January to 30th April 1956, courtesy of Peter Elgar who can be seen in the front row, third from the right. The course was run by WO2 Baker who is in the white coat. The QARANC on the front left row had the wonderful name of Greta Birgitta Henshaw-Gibson.



See more of Peter’s photos from this era on the BMH Berlin, BMH Iserlohn, BMH Munster, Brandenburg Gate Berlin Germany Post World War Two, Kurfurstendamm Avenue Berlin Germany after Second World War Photo, Reichstag Building and the Russian War Memorial Gardens pages.


During the Great War teaching was suspended and the building was used for the production of vaccines which included one against typhoid. Gas masks and chemical warfare protection research also took place during this time.

The building suffered damage during bombing in World War Two. Medical Officers were taught about tropical diseases during this era.

The address was:

The Royal Army Medical College
Millbank
John Islip Street
London
SW1




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The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.


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Royal Defence Medical College



Soldier Magazine 6 October 1996 cites that it became the tri-service Royal Defence Medical College (RDMC) from 1 April 1996 where it provided post graduate training in military surgery, medicine, pathology, psychiatry, preventative medicine, entomology, general practice and dental sciences.

The first RDMC Commandant was Surgeon Commander Ian Jenkins who took over the building from Maj Gen George Cowan, the last Commandant of the College.

It is a Grade 2 listed building. The RAM College moved out in 1999 and the buildings are now part of the Chelsea College of Art and Design.

See also the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital Millbank page.


If you would like to contribute any info, photographs or share your memories then please contact me.


Friends of Milbank

Friends of Millbank are a group with an interest in military medical history with the history of the Millbank site, namely the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, No. 18 Company RAMC and the Royal Army Medical College. The Friends meet in the former Officers’ Mess and lectures on medical history takes place in the lecture theatre. All are welcome to attend. For more information visit the Friends of Millbank web site at www.friendsofmillbank.org






Forces War Records

Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
Search Now. A unique feature is their WW1 Soldiers Medical Records section.







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