King's College London
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McBride, Andrew Best

Sons of Medical Men: McBride, Andrew Best, Captain Bedfordshire Regiment, elder son of Major John Best McBride, R.A.M.C. (T.F.) of Berkhamstead, died of wounds on April 24th, aged 22. He was born on June 16th, 1895, and educated at Berkhamstead School and at King's College Hospital, London where he had passed his first professional examination in medicine of London University. He got his commission in the Berkshire Regiment as lieutenant on September 28th, 1914 and was promoted to captain on June 1st, 1916. British Medical Journal 18 May, 1918


First name(s)Andrew Best
Date of birth16 June 1895
Family detailsSon of John Best and Mary Constance McBride of Falkland House, Berkhamsted, Herts.
Previous educationBerkhamstead School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Medical Science
Military unitBedfordshire Regiment, 2nd/5th Battalion
Date enlistedLetter dated 27 September 1914 - he had just enlisted
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsM.C
Date of death24 January 1918
Age at death22
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeLongeau Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel

Letter to Bursar:

93 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts. 27th Sept. ‘14

Dear Sir, I am a medical student of King’s College and have volunteered for service. I am to begin work tomorrow as an officer in the 5th Beds: (Reserve Regiment). The first Medical examination I have just passed and I should very much like to know how I stand with regard to my studies after the war and the fees which have been already paid for me. Yours very truly, Andrew Best McBride

and reply dated 29th Sept 1914 regarding his studies after the war:

Dear Mr. McBride, I am glad to hear that you have got a commission. You may be quite sure that the College will do all in its power to see that your course does not suffer from your action. I imagine that you will take up your course where you left it. Yours very truly R. M. B.

SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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