Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Ashken Laurence Handley

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111998 Lieutenant Laurence Handley Ashken LMSSA (1927 Middlesex)
1903 – 24 Feb 1983 [London]


Dr Laurence Handley Ashken qualified LMSSA in 1927 at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He worked as a General Practitioner in Kenton, Middlesex where he proved popular with his patients.

In February 1940, he was granted an Emergency War Commission in the RAMC and served in Malta and West Africa where he took over special clinics for sexually transmitted diseases. After demobilisation he ran similar special clinics at St Mary's Hospital Luton, and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Dr Laurence Handley Ashken settled at Mill Hill, North London where he remained until his death on 24 February 1983.

Service Record — Laurence Handley Ashken

Feb 1940 Granted an Emergency Commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Posted to General Hospital Mtarfa Malta.

17 Apr 1940 Reported to Medical Inspection Room St Andrew's Barracks Pembroke.
Moved to Advanced Dressing Station Tarxien which had been set up in Villa Barbaro.

26 Nov 1940 Left ADS Tarxien and embarked for England. Lt Hugh Cameron Kennedy took over Ashken's area of responsibility

May 1943 Relinquished his commission due to ill health and was granted the honorary rank of Captain.

24 Feb 1983 Died in London aged 80 years.


  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 General Hospital April 1940 to September 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/103. Medical Diaries SMO Area East April 1940 to June 1940.
  • Obituary, Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983 286:1522 (Published 7 May 1983).