RAMC Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
John Graham Pyper
1913 – 1987

101005 Captain John Graham Pyper


1913 [Bangor Northern Ireland] – 15 May 1987

Captain John Graham Pyper was educated at Bangor Grammar School and Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated, MB, ChB, BAO with honours in 1935. After working as a house surgeon in Belfast he was a demonstrator in anatomy at Queen's University and then a house surgeon at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford.

On the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served until 1946, attaining the rank of captain. He was mentioned in despatches for his services during the Malta siege. It was while he was in the army that he met and married Patricia Brightman, who was serving in the Mechanical Transport Corps. After the war he completed his studies and was appointed consultant surgeon at the old City and County Hospital and Waterside Hospital in Londonderry.

Service Record

19 July 1941 Attached to 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance.

2 July 1941 Arrived at Malta by submarine. Was temporarily attached to No 90 General Hospital.

Malta 25 Mar 1942 Ceased to be attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb, and was instead posted to 161st Fld Amb.

3 Nov 1942 General Duties Medical Officer 161st Fld Amb. Medical officer-in-charge Valletta/Floriana Area.

9 Nov 1942 Medical officer-in-charge MAP No 7 Shed Pinto Marina (GR 475250) while giving medical cover to unloading of convoy. While on temporary duty with Medical Aid Post Pinto Marina, MAP Valletta/Floriana area was covered by Captain Houston G H.

9 Mar 1943 Posted from 161st (EA) Fld Amb to 90 General Hospital.

1 Oct 1943 Posted from No 90 General Hospital to Base Depôt RAMC.

Consultant surgeon at Altnagelvin Hospital.