RAMC Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Robert Ewing Adam
1905 –1979

216666 WS/Captain Robert Ewing Adam


18 Feb 1905 [Yorkshire] – 19 Mar 1979 [Ashburton]

WS/Captain Robert Ewing Adam was the son of a Scottish general practitioner who practised in Yorkshire and subsequently in London. he was educated at St Paul's School. In 1924, he won an open scholarship in classics to read medicine at University College, Oxford. He won the university Welsh Memorial prize for anatomical studies, and took honours finals in animal physiology in 1928.

WS/Captain Robert Ewing Adam qualified from St Thomas's Hospital in 1931 and took the BM, BCh in 1935. He was house surgeon to Sir Charles Max Page and held post-registration jobs in the casualty, tuberculosis, and ECG departments at St Thomas's. After a spell at Professor Samson Wright's laboratories in Cambridge in 1934, he moved to general practice in East Finchley until 1940.

Service Record

4 Dec 1942 Arrived from the Middle East. For more than four years he served as an anaesthetist in Egypt and Palestine and during the siege of Malta.

Attached to No 15 Independent Brigade Group Field Ambulance.

6 June 1943 Posted from 15 Independent Brigade Group Field Ambulance to No 30 Coy RAMC as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO).

13 Dec 1943 Posted to No 91 General Hospital as an anaesthetist.

1945 Invalided out of the Army.

1946 Took the diploma in anaesthetics in 1946 and settled in general practice at Chelston, Torquay, Devon. He rapidly developed a large and demanding practice and continued his special interest in anaesthetics with assistantships at the Torbay General Hospital. He retired by 1955 due to failing health and settled in the village of Holne.