RAMC Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Joseph John Vivian
1911 – 1982

139799 Lieutenant Joseph John Vivian Hopkins


1911 [Merthyr Tydfil] – 11 June 1982

Lieutenant Joseph John Vivian Hopkins was educated in Merthyr Tydfil. He qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1935, after which he held resident appointments at the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells. An accomplished sportsman, he played cricket for Barts.

He was an assistant partner in a practice in Tonbridge, Kent, until he joined the RAMC in 1939, He served in Malta during the Second World War where he met his wife, Beattie, a VAD. At the end of the war, he returned to Tonbridge in practice, but in 1946 he joined a practice in Merthyr Tydfil, eventually retiring in 1978. In 1979, he suffered a cerebrovascular accident and for a time completely lost all speech. He moved to Woking in May 1982 and died suddenly aged 72 years.

Service Record

1939 Granted an Emergency Commission in the RAMC.

30 Sep 1940 Arrived from England. Attached to General Hospital Mtarfa.

29 Oct 1940 On temporary duty at Medical Aid Post Mellieha which was under the medical charge of Surgeon Lieutenant J Sammut RMA. The increase in the establishment of the MAP was brought about due to increase in the layout.

1941 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

1942 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

19 June 1943 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

2 Aug 1943 Posted from No 30 Coy RAMC to No 39 General Hospital.

5 Sep 1944 Posted to No 90 General Hospital from No 39 General Hospital.

20 Nov 1945 Returned to England for release from service.