Today marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. The RCOG joins in the remembrance of the many lives lost and recognises the role played by many of its Foundation Fellows and Members who served in the war, 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 is publishing a roll of Foundation Fellows and Members who actively served on the Western Front and elsewhere between 1914 and 1918. Eighty-two names have been gathered together through research in the College Archive, by examining membership lists, and researching resources made online by the National Archives.
The roll is arranged alphabetically, Fellows and then Members, and includes brief details of medical post, field of service, and a photograph if available.
Our commemoration will also take the form of a display of material in the College Library showing some artefacts, documents and photos from the collections and highlighting the progress in gynaecology and midwifery since 1914.
Professor Alan Cameron, Vice President of Clinical Quality at the RCOG, says:
“The RCOG remembers the thousands of men and women who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918 and also those who survived the war and went onto become key players in the establishment of the College.
“The roll of Members and Fellows is fascinating to read through and they tell an emotional story of lives risked for the benefit of all. There may be some that have been missed off but we would love to hear about any names that can be added.”
For more information about the RCOG’s First World War commemoration, please click here.