Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Roberts Lionel George Rymer

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195378 Lieutenant Lionel George Rymer Roberts MRCS LRCP
1905 [Lancaster] — 8 Jan 1966 [ Leigh, Lancs.]


Lionel George Rymer Roberts was educated at Lancaster Grammar School and Liverpool University, where he qualified in 1928. His early appointments included those of orthopaedic house-surgeon at the Royal Southern Hospital, and resident surgical officer at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool.

He entered general practice in Leigh in 1931, serving also as honorary surgeon at Leigh Infirmary for several years. During the Second World War he served as captain in the RAMC, and was stationed for the greater part of the time in Malta.

After demobilization he returned to general practice in Leigh in 1946. In addition to a busy practice he served as chairman of the Leigh Division of the BMA from 1949 to 1950, and as secretary of the local branch for the 12 years preceding his death. He also found time for a good deal of service to the community as a Liberal councillor. He died at his home in Leigh, Lancs, on 8 January after a long illness. He was 60 years.

Service Record — Lionel George Rymer Roberts

10 Sept 1941 Reported to No 11 Depôt and Training Establishment RAMC Leeds on the incorporation of No 39 General Hospital.
General Duties Medical Officer 39 GH St Andrews.

Malta 1 Oct 1941 Attached for temporary duty to 15th Field Ambulance.

Malta 6 Jan 1942 Attached to 161st (East Anglian) Fld Amb from 39 GH.

Malta 12 Mar 1942 Ceased to be attached to 161st (East Anglian) Fld Amb and returned to 39 GH.

Malta 5 May 1942 Attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb from 39 GH for duty.

Malta 17 July 1942 Promoted to WS/Captain.

Malta 4 July 1943 Attached for duty to Victoria Hospital Gozo from No 39 GH. The hospital admitted British and American troops who were stationed on the island in preparation for the invasion of Sicily (Op Husky).

Malta 12 Mar 1943 Returned to No 39 GH.

Malta 3 Aug 1943 Posted to 161st (EA) Ind Bde Gp Field Ambulance from No 39 GH.


  • TNA:WO 177/700, War Diaries No 15th Field Ambulance RAMC April 1941 to April 1944.
  • TNA:WO 177/1274, War Diaries No 39 General Hospital Sept 1941 to December 1944.
  • TNA:WO 177/751, War Diaries No 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance RAMC September 1939 to September 1943.
  • Obituary, Br Med J (1966) 1:302 (Published 29 January 1966).