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Rhys, John Wade

John Rhys was a great sportsman, and brainy too. He went on to become a doctor after qualifying in double quick time at Guy’ s Hospital before being called up to serve in the Royal Navy. He was appointed Medical Officer of H.M.S. Glowworm, a ship which is famed in the annals of British naval history. She was the destroyer which was fatally shot up by the German Cruiser Hipper in the Norwegian Sea and without any serviceable guns or torpedoes left to fire, damaged her adversary by ramming her before sinking with the loss of most of her crew. The captain of the H.M.S. Glowworm was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.[Reproduced with permission]

The name of Surgeon Lieutenant John Wade Rhys, R.N., is included in the Admiralty’s list of casualties which occurred when H.M.S Glowworm was sunk on April 8, under the heading “Missing, Presumed Dead”. Dr. Rhys qualified M.R.C.S., 1934, and had been a member of the British Medical Association for three years. He entered the Royal Navy on May 20, 1934. British Medical Journal 8th June 1940


First name(s)John Wade
Date of birth29 Sept. 1910
Family detailsSon of David Rhys
Previous educationSpring Grove County Secondary School, Isleworth, Middlesex
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1929
Dept / courseLondon M.B., B.S. 2nd year
QualificationsM.R.C.S.. L.R.C.P.
Military unitRoyal Navy, HMS Glowworm
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death08 April 1940
Rank at deathSurgeon Lieutenant
Cause of deathLost at sea.
Commemoration(s)Guy’ s Hospital Memorial, Portsmouth Naval Memorial; Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C.
NotesHis address in 1929 was Alma House, 24 Bulstrode Road, Hounslow
SourcesGuy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; ; University of London O.T.C.

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