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Spilsbury, Peter Bernard

Widespread sympathy will be felt with Sir Bernard Spilsbury on the death of his second son, Peter Bernard Spilsbury, who was killed during the recent bombing of St. Thomas’ s Hospital. Dr. Spilsbury, who was aged 25, graduated B.M., B.Ch. only a month ago, after studying medicine at Oxford and St. Thomas’ s. During the past few weeks he had been almost continuously on duty at the hospital, and was awaiting a commission in the R.A.M.C. for the duration of the war. British Medical Journal 28 Sep. 1940.


First name(s)Peter Bernard
Date of birth1915
Place of birthMarylebone Registration District
Family detailsSon of Sir Bernard and Lady Spilsbury.
Previous educationOxford University
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1937-1940
Dept / courseB.M. Oxford
QualificationsB.A., M.B., B.Ch.
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death15-Sep-40
Age at death25
Place of deathSt. Thomas s Hospital.
Cause of deathKilled by enemy action
Burial placeLambeth Cemetery, Tooting
Commemoration(s)St. Thomas’ s Roll of Honour in the chapel, also on a board, south side of the altar, commemorating those who died whilst at St. Thomas’s Hospital

Sunday 15th September 1940. At 8.30 p.m. a very heavy bomb made a direct hit on the main corridor immediately south of the Central Hall, penetrating to the basement and causing the collapse of the Medical Out-Patients Block and the sitting room of the College House, wrecking the Kitchen, Canteen, Dispensary and Administrative Block and putting all the essential services of the Hospital out of action. Fire broke out in the Dispensary Laboratory but was quickly tackled and put out by the Fire Brigade. Another doctor and a nurse also lost their lives in this incident.

House Officer at St. Thomas’s.

In 1937 his home address was 31 Marlborough Hill, St. John’s Wood, NW8

SourcesSt Thomas’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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