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Oliver, John Widdicombe

Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander John  Widdicombe Oliver, R.N., killed in action in H.M.S. Bonaventure was 33 years of age. The elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver of “The Goodwyns”, Old Bosham, he was educated at Felsted and obtained a scholarship to Guy’s Hospital, from which he qualified in 1931. He was resident surgeon at Ashford Gen. Hospital, Kent, and entered the Royal Navy in 1931. After being at the R.N. Hospital, Hasler for six months, he served two and a half years on the China Station on H.M.S. Falcon, Yangtse Flotilla. On returning to England he was appointed to the Royal Naval Hospital, Great Yarmouth. In July 1937 he was promoted to Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander, and joined H.M.S. Bonaventure as Senior Medical Officer in April, 1940. He leaves a widow. The Times 23 April 1941


First name(s)John Widdicombe
Date of birth29 Sept.1907
Place of birthUxbridge Registration District
Family detailsSon of William Henry and Muriel D. E. Oliver; husband of Isobel Margaret Oliver, of Hest Bank, Lancashire.
Previous educationFelsted School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1924-1931
Dept / courseM.B., B.S. Full course
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P, 1931
Military unitRoyal Navy, H.M.S. Bonaventure
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death31 March 1941
Age at death33
Rank at deathLieut-Commander Surgeon
Cause of deathLost at sea
Commemoration(s)Guys Memorial; Plymouth Naval Memorial Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C.
SourcesUniversity of London O.T.C.

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