175675 Lieutenant Stewart Stanley Mair
MB ChB (Glas 1939)
4 June 1916 – 18 Apr 1942 [Malta]
Lt Stewart Stanley Mair was the son of Capt William Craig Mair MC, and Helenora Easton Mair, of Shawlands, Glasgow. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated MB ChB in 1939.
7 Mar 1941 Temporary Lieutenant RAMC Emergency War Commission.
29 Sept 1941 Arrived in Malta on the strength of 39 General Hospital St Andrews Barracks. The hospital was unexpected in Malta and arrived in error. Its personnel were distributed among the other medical units.
1 Oct 1941 Attached for temporary duty to 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance.
1 Dec 1941 Ceased to be attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb. Returned to 39 GH.
Malta 16 Mar 1942 Attached on duty to ADS Luqa Aerodrome.
17 Mar 1942 Attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb from 39 GH.
1 Apr 1942 Posted to 161st (EA) Fld Amb from 39 GH.
3 Apr 1942 A bomb fell on ADS Luqa demolishing the western end of the men's billets, but failed to explode.
18 Apr 1942 Heavy air raids resumed over Malta on 18 April after a lull in bombings between the 15th and 17th April due to poor visibility. Four large scale raids occurred on 18 April with 30 bombers in each raid. Lieutenant Mair's vehicle received a direct hit at around eleven in the morning while he was on his way to attend casualties at Benghajsa HAA position. He, and his driver No 6562 Carmelo Cutajar Malta Auxiliary Corps, were killed instantly. Lt S S Mair was the first RAMC officer to be killed in Malta since the beginning of the war.
On 20 April Lieutenant S S Mair was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery. DDMS, officers from 39 GH and 161st Fld Amb, and Medical Directorate attended the funeral. Carmelo Cutajar aged 30 yrs 11 mth, married with three children, was buried in Zurrieq Parish Church.
- Obituary, Br Med J (1942), 740 (Published 13 June 1942).
- Biography of Stewart Stanley Mair. The University of Glasgow Story.
- TNA:WO 177/1274, War Diaries No 39 General Hospital September 1941 to December 1944.
- TNA:WO 177/751, War Diaries No 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance RAMC September 1939 to September 1943.
- National Archives of Malta 161 EA Fd Amb Box 13 Bundle 11.