The 4 August 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. The RCOG joins in the remembrance of the many lives touched by the war by recognising the role played by many of its Foundation Fellows and Members, whether as medical officers with the Royal Army Medical Corps or among the many services on land, at sea and in the air.
The College was founded a decade after the end of the war, but many bright and aspiring medical professionals who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918 may have brought their knowledge and skills to the College for the benefit of women’s healthcare. Instead we can remember the 82 men and women who survived and went on to become Foundation Fellows and Members of the new College in 1929. These names have been gathered together through research in the College Archive, by examining membership lists, and researching resources made online by the National Archives. There will be some that we have missed, and of course we would love to hear about any names that can be added.
The roll is arranged alphabetically, Fellows and then Members, and includes brief details of medical post, field of service, and a photograph where this has been available.
The roll is part of a series of events which will be rolled out over the next few months, beginning with a display of material in the College Library showing some treasures from the collections and highlighting the progress in gynaecology and midwifery in 1914.