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Burns, James Stephen Gregory Anthony.

Captain Brandon Lush writes: “ James Burns sudden death in an ambulance smash has meant a great loss to many people. He was born in Putney in 1909 and educated at Battersea Grammar School, King’ s College and King’ s College Hospital. He qualified in 1940 and joined the R.A.M.C. one year later, after doing a hospital job in Lincoln. At King’ s he will be remembered mainly as the man behind the scenes at all the shows – he was very adept with his hands – it was rightly said that he could repair or make almost anything from wrist watches to motor cars. He came overseas with the 96th General Hospital in November 1942. Soon after landing he was made O.C. of a section of it, which he ran most efficiently. His technical skill was of great assistance in the orthopaedic ward. He was buried with full military honours in the Allied Cemetery at Algiers. He leaves a wife and baby daughter he had never seen. He was a quiet and kindly soul. King’ s College Hospital Gazette No. 19.


First name(s)James Stephen Gregory Anthony.
Date of birth28 May 1909
Place of birthPutney
Family detailsSon of Joseph Thomas Burns a County Council Schoolmaster, and Mary Burns; husband of Agnes Cecilia Burns.
Previous educationBattersea Grammar School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1929-34
Dept / courseFaculty of Medicine
QualificationsM.R.C.S. L.R.C.P.
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps
Date enlisted1940
Service number199309
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
CampaignsNorth Africa
Date of death27/01/1944
Age at death34
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathAlgiers
Cause of deathKilled in ambulance smash.
Burial placeHe was buried with military honours in the Allied Cemetery at Algiers.
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Roll of the Fallen, London University O.T.C & S.T.C

Captain James Stephen Gregory Anthony Burns, R.A.M.C. killed in an ambulance smash in 1943. He was buried with military honours in the Allied Cemetery at Algiers. He qualified from King’s in 1940 and joined the R.A.M.C. An Addendum to King’s and some King’s Men, Willoughby Lyle

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; 1911 Census

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