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Soutter, Luther James

“ We regret to record the death by enemy action of Dr. Luther James Soutter. His eldest son, Ian, a medical student, was killed on the same occasion, and his wife was injured. Dr. Soutter was born on Dec. 13, 1898, the son and grandson of doctors. From Tollington School he entered Westminster Hospital with a scholarship, and won several prizes on his way to graduating M.B., B.S.Lond. in 1922. After working as house-physician and house-surgeon at the Westminster he took over his father's practice at Highbury and quickly gained the regard and admiration of his patients. In addition to his many professional duties he played a prominent part in A.R.P. work in the borough of Hornsey, where he was medical officer of a mobile unit; he will be sadly missed among the Civil Defence personnel of the borough. A congregation of some 700 colleagues, friends, and patients attended the funeral service at Highbury Quadrant Church. Dr. G. F. Rigden, Hornsey A.R.P. medical officer, in a high tribute paid to his colleague in the local newspaper, has written: "The Hornsey mobile units largely owing to Dr. Soutter's energy and foresight, were pioneers at working at the incident immediately after it occurred, work which was not their original function but which has now been generally adopted and recognized as invaluable." British Medical Journal Sept. 7, 1944


First name(s)Luther James
Date of birth13 December 1898
Place of birthIslington, London
Family detailsSon of Dr. M. K. and Mrs. A. W. Soutter, of 42 Avenall Road, Highbury; husband of Ivy Victoria Soutter.
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1918-1919
Dept / courseFaculty of Medicine
QualificationsM.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P
Military unitCivilian A.R.P. Mobile Medical Unit
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death07/0/1944
Age at death45
Rank at deathCivilian
Cause of deathInjured at Wood Vale; died same day at Hornsey Central Hospital
Burial placeHornsey Municipal Borough Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C. & S.T.C.; Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, Westminster Abbey, London
NotesHome address: St Merryn, Wood Vale, Muswell Hill
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission: British Medical Journal

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