Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Hill Rupert Leo

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115949 WS/Captain Rupert Leo Hill MB BCh BAO LM
1899 [Dublin] – 16 Oct 1988


Captain Rupert Leo Hill graduated in medicine from Trinity College in 1923.

He moved to the Lake District in 1925 as a locum and eventual partner to a doctor whose daughter, Dorothy, he subsequently married.

Service Record — Rupert Leo Hill

Malta 24 July 1941 Arrived from England. Attached to Advanced Dressing Station Wardija, which was opened at Casa Sant Manduca in Feb 1941.

Malta 2 Feb 1942 Posted from ADS Wardija to 90th General Hospital vice Capt J Joseph who moved from 90 General Hospital to ADS Wardija.

Malta 19 June 1943 WS/Capt 30 Coy RAMC. Detached from his unit on temporary duty with Medical Directorate.

Malta 20 Sept 1943 Posted to No 45 (UK) General Hospital as a General Duties Medical Officer.

Malta 17 Nov 1943 Posted to 30 Coy RAMC (Reception Block) from No 45 General Hospital as a General Duties Medical Officer.

Malta 22 Feb 1944 Posted to 90 General Hospital as a General Duties Medical Officer.

Malta 5 Mar 1944 Officer-in-charge evacuation of patients for the Hospital Ship Oranje which entered Malta on 6 Mar 1944.

Malta 1 Apr 1944 Posted to No 39 General Hospital from No 90 General Hospital.

Malta 8 Apr 1944 No 39 GH embarked for Naples and onwards to New Deckmont Camp Cambuslang near Glasgow where they arrived on 23 April 1944. On 20 May 1944, Captain Hill attended a seven day course on blood transfusion at Bristol.

General Practitioner Haverthwaite Cumbria. His obituary states: Rupert was a forthright, caring country doctor who was always willing to visit and help his widely scattered patients and was an able diagnostician. He devoted all his working life to his practice and patients in south lakeland, save for the years of the second world war, when he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, mostly in Malta. He retired in 1970 and then worked as a locum in most of the local rural singlehanded practices until vacancies could be filled; his knowledge of people and places in this part of the lake district was unrivalled.


  • TNA:WO 177/1886, War Diaries 30 Coy RAMC 1 January 1943 to 30 June 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/700, War Diaries No 15th Field Ambulance RAMC April 1941 to April 1944.
  • TNA:WO 177/1287, War Diaries No 45 General Hospital May 1941 to April 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 General Hospital April 1940 to September 1946.
  • Obituary Br Med J (1989); 298:110 (Published 14 January 1989).