Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Oakes William Samuel Audsley

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88256 WS/Captain William Samuel Audsley Oakes MB ChB
3 Sep 1913 [Morley Leeds] – 23 May 1988 [Leeds]


William Samuel Audsley Oakes was educated at Ackworth School, Pontefract, from where he went to Leeds University, graduating in medicine in 1936. For the following three years he worked at the General Infirmary at Leeds and Leeds Public Dispensary. Being in the territorial army, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at the outbreak of war in 1939 and served with distinction in France, Italy, Greece, and Malta.

It was through the army that he met his wife, Betty, and they were married in Italy in 1944. After the war he went into general practice in Hunslet, Leeds. He retired early due to ill health in 1973.

Service Record — William Samuel Audsley Oakes

Malta July 1943 Attached to 161st (EA) Ind Bde Gp Fld Amb as unit Blood transfusion Officer.

Malta 9 - 31 July 1943 Attached to Reception Station Sliema for temporary duty. Returned to 45 GH.

Malta 31 July 1943 Posted to 90 GH from 45 GH.

Malta 6 Aug 1943 Ceased to be attached to No 90 GH. Returned to No 45 GH.

Malta 10 Aug 1943 Blood transfusion Officer No 45 GH.

Malta 1944 Blood transfusion Officer No 45 GH.

Malta 1945 GDMO No 45 GH.


  • TNA:WO 177/751 War Diaries No 161 (East Anglian) Field Ambulance RAMC September 1939 to September 1943.
  • 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 (1988) 297:478 (Published 13 August 1988).