Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Hopkins Joseph John Vivian

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139799 Lieutenant Joseph John Vivian Hopkins MRCS LRCP
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 — Joseph John Vivian Hopkins

1939 Granted an Emergency Commission in the RAMC.

Malta 30 Sept 1940 Arrived from England. Attached to General Hospital Mtarfa.

Malta 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.

Malta 1941 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

Malta 1942 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

Malta 19 June 1943 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC.

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

Malta 5 Sept 1944 Posted to No 90 General Hospital from No 39 General Hospital.

Malta 20 Nov 1945 Returned to England for release from service.


  • TNA:WO 177/1886, War Diaries 30th Coy RAMC, 1 January 1943 to 30 June 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries 90th General Hospital, April 1940 to September 1946.
  • Obituary, Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285: 67 (Published 3 July 1982).